Spinning electroluminescent wire

The postman delivered 4 colours of electroluminescent wire, the battery holder, and the 4 way splitter from elwirecraft.co.uk and immediately got cracking with it. I plaited the top end and set it spinning from the rafters taking these long exposure photographs.

Frosty Thames Walk to Iffley

I took Ronnie out for a walk along the Thames from Donnington Bridge to the field at Kennington via Iffley Lock. It was a freezing morning and I wanted to concentrate on photographing the reflections of sunlight in the river … Continue reading

Merlin portrait


Here are a couple of pastel portraits of a lovely dog. The top one I drew from video frames as a motion study. I drew a second portrait of the same dog from a photo. These pictures were taken before … Continue reading

The Twenty Six Ronnies


So here we go – this is what happened on Port Meadow when I was out shooting with the telephoto lens and took a number of shots over about a quarter of an hour. A number of people turned up … Continue reading

Lunar Eclipse September 2015


I’ve only once photographed a lunar eclipse before but this time I stayed up half the night from penumbral encroachment until full red eclipse. I would have stayed for the rest of it but fatigue and realising I had a … Continue reading

RGB laser line generator


I have been using a 40mW red laser to take photos here and here and in the Oxford Times here. But the whole redness of it all is just a little too, well, monochrome.. So after considerable deliberation I purchased a 500 … Continue reading

Nixie Matrix


After considerable deliberation I ordered 20 IVLM1-1/7 nixie matrix tubes from Ukraine. These are glass tubes with 7 phosphor spots, each spot independently illuminatable. I considered the numbered 0-9 neon nixie tubes but they require fairly high voltage (over 100V) and for a … Continue reading

Laser storm photos


I decided I was going to photograph the wind – there was an exciting storm called Barney on and I wanted to photograph the effects of the wind on laser illuminated trees and plants blowing about in it. So I … Continue reading

The 10/10/10 Storybook Challenge


The 10/10/10 story book challenge is to write a children’s book which I will illustrate, with a maximum of 10 words per page, and maximum of 10 pages, over 10 days… A number of times people have suggested that I … Continue reading

Pluto atmosphere


Amazing panorama back from New Horizons here. I had to apply the ‘polar coordinates’ tool in Photoshop to see what the atmospheric layers looks like. What’s happening on the right hand side of the horizon? It seems there’s a bank … Continue reading

The Mark II Lamprey


  The Mark II Lamprey gets its name from the array of inward pointing fins on the air intake which superficially resemble the mouthparts of a parasitic jawless fish. The original Mark I Lamprey design had four wheels, two at the front and two … Continue reading

Cowley Road Collage

Hugh Pryor's Cowley Road Collage

I would like to have included everything and everybody in the Cowley Road but the lack of space prevailed so we only have snippets. This collage includes (from left to right): The Dodgy Deli, Taylor’s of Oxford, Beeline Bicycles, the … Continue reading

Makeshift Tilt-shift lens


I found a scratched Minolta F1.4 lens on the bookshelf which didn’t fit my Canon camera. Not to be deterred I simply held the lens roughly in front of the camera and realised I had a makeshift tilt shift… It’s … Continue reading

Super Takumar Close Up

Super Takumar f/4 close up

I accidently bought this 50mm lens thinking it was a f/1.4 and realised that it was an f/4 thinking Hooray! I have an f/1.4 er… oh… Luckily it takes excellent close ups – so I’ve been photographing things no bigger than … Continue reading

Water tank slit scans


These slit scans were made with a fish tank, some plastic strips to mask off a strip, some sheets of black paper, lots of water and some washing up liquid. I also made a stirrer using a round handled fork … Continue reading

Fractal photocopy


Simple experiment with feeding rotated copies back into the feed tray. 9 iterations of flower picture:       This ‘fern’ was cut out rather than fed through twice, and I deciced to start making marks with a felt tipped … Continue reading

LED wand at Tandem Festival


I made an LED wand as part of the Oxford Hackspace light drawing workshop and thought it would be fun to conduct a light drawing workshop. Participants drew what they wanted to ‘paint’ on a large scale in chalk on … Continue reading



Bearitania – hedonocratic benign dictatorship run by a pair of bears populated with marshmallow pigs, cola bottle penguins and singing snails. Everyody is happy and having a good time including the sun, moon and planets. Commissioned by Rob Jonson. … Continue reading

BASEPLATE- Dead Rat Orchestra


  Time lapse of boat journey from Donnington Bridge to Walton Well bridge via Osney Lock and Isis Lock . The last stretch was skilfully reversed from Isis lock by Jon from Green Boat Services. The journey took about 2 … Continue reading

Canal tunnel and staircase


Crick tunnel illuminated with an LED torch, a hurricane lamp and the boat that was following us. 25x speed time lapse. Near the top the boat was washed into the shallows and needed pulling out. The final bridge is the … Continue reading

Exhibition at The Bank, Eye, Suffolk


Pictures fresh from Chromatech before winging themselves to Eye. The exhibition ‘The Transient Nature of Light’ from February 26th to April 4th in The Bank, Eye, Suffolk – see their web page here. Prints available here. … Continue reading

Light Drawing Workshop


Here we go – we had a light drawing workshop last night at the OVADA warehouse with Oxford Hack Space which involved Tim Stephen’s LED strip with fire and cat faces, and the red laser and the electroluminescent wire. It … Continue reading

Finished the Folding Stool!


After a long deliberation with the stool held together with screws, I decided to go for the wooden dowels and glue option. Foam board and split pin prototype for folding stool to be made from broken up palettes, which I … Continue reading