Revelations Experiments in Photography is a photographic exhibition focusing on Scientific photography and how Science has influenced photography. The exhibition is split into three sections: Once Invisible, The New Vision and After the Future.
The room ‘Once Invisible’ showcases the work of early pioneering scientific photographers which includes the first photograph of a solar eclipse and the first X Ray images. The more I learn about the history of early photography the more I find myself amazed at what could be achieved in a short time after the first permanent photographic image was captured in 1826. A lot of the images depict subjects that would of never been seen before the invention of photography weather that’s because they focused something really small, used long exposures or visualised the invisible like magnetic fields. Auguste Adolphe Bertsch’s image of a honey bee louse magnified 300 times really caught my eye, it’s a pin sharp picture of insect so small that it lives on a honey bee and it was taken in 1875.
Auguste Adolphe Bertsch – Honey Bee louse magnified 300 times taken in 1875
This weekend was the first phase of the Brighton i360 foundation pour. A total of 2500 tonnes of concrete was poured into the foundations over 12 hours starting at 6am on Saturday morning. On average a cement truck was coming on site every 5 minutes to one of 3 pumps. The pumps can put the concrete anywhere in the foundation. There was a small group of men for each pump using vibrators to remove air from the concrete and to make it level. I was on site taking pictures and I also shot a time-lapse of the pour.
Lomography has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the manufacturing of their new Petzval 58mm lens. The Petzval lens is based on a 170 year old design and it produces a super soft bokeh (blur) effect. The lens is totally manual which means you have to set the pace of your of photography a little slower and in the digital instant age that’s always a good thing. The 58mm Petzval is compatible with Nikon and Canon DSLR mounts as well as some Sony, Olympus and a few other mirrorless cameras.
Portrait of Dave Sawyers taken with the prototype 58mm Petzval lens. Click image to enlarge.
Simon Cooke is about to embark on an incredible record breaking journey. Next week he will be on standby to swim the English channel earlier than anyone has done before, this will mean his swim will be colder than any cross channel swim before him around 11-12 °C (51.8-53.6 °F). He is a fellow member of Brighton Swimming club and has been in training for over a year doing 6 hour sea water training sessions, in comparison at this time of year (May) I swim for 20-30 minutes before I get really cold. He is raising money for a local Charity Amaze Charity which gives information, advice and support to parents of children with disabilities in Brighton & Hove. You can donate to his simon cooke fundraising page.
Simon Cooke with his ample body fat that will protect in the cold water.
A few days ago I taught a time-lapse workshop at the Snap photo festival. Usually for this type of event I would of ran a workshop based around film, lomo or something along those lines. As Snap was in deepest rural Wales film development was not going to be an option.
Time-lapses workshop with a little help from TriggerTrap
One of my digital loves is time-lapse and I’m also currently in the middle of a commission to shoot a two year time-lapse so I decided my workshop would be based around that. Unless the people in my workshop had cameras with a built in Intervalometer (the thing that triggers the camera repeatedly) they where going to need one. Luckily TriggerTrap were kind enough to lend me a whole bunch for their smart phone triggers. TriggerTrap is more than just a Intervalometer, with the aid of their dongle it turns any iOS / Android device into sophisticated camera trigger, it’s not just for time-lapses you can also use it to trigger your camera with sound and movement amongst other things, check out the full range of features on their website. Continue reading →
I’ve been asked by Viva Brighton Magazine to give a Pecha Kucha talk at their new event Talent Pool. On the evening there will be a series of talks from different Brighton creative types who will be talking about their creative process. I’ll be talking about the work I’ve been doing for the Brighton i360 and how I was offered the opportunity of working for them.
‘Miniaturesque’ is an exhibition showing new work created in London by Photographer / Street artist Slinkachu. Slinkachu builds little worlds with model people sometimes with a dark comedic narrative, if you like Modern Toss and David Shrigley you will love his work. Most of the actual artworks that Slinkachu make are left in the environments they were created for. The only permanent record of his work are the photographs he shoots.
As part of an ongoing commission to document the construction of the Brighton i360 I’ve been shooting a long term time-lapse of its building site. I’ve set up a camera that has been taking a picture every 10 minutes from the start in July 2014 to February 2015. It’s now shot over 25,000 images. The edit I’ve made excludes weekends, holidays and nights, although I’ve included three nights when they were working 24 hours a day to divert a sewer.