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Tree climb

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Tree climb with red laser

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Tree climb with red laser and electroluminescent wire

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Tree climb with electroluminescent wire

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Tree Climb with fairy lights

Ultraviolet cornstarch

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Working with Naomi Morris during her residency at OVADA August 2016. Her project which involved finding a way of pouring fluid over her figure and only showing the fluid. After much experimentation with blue screen video editing and plaster of paris, … Continue reading

Pillbox Camera Obscura

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When I first visited a pillbox along the Thames at Appleton (OSGB grid reference SP 413011) I noticed that the view was being very blurredly projected onto the ricochet wall. I thought this small wartime construction would make an excellent … Continue reading

Psychedelic Circus @ The Cellar

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Dot was organising this event for which it suddenly occurred to me that it was right up my street. I had a fractal video feedback projection setup, a whole load of lasers and a luminously painted shadow wall. So I told … Continue reading

Vivid EP album cover

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Rachel Ruscombe-King asked me to make a cover for her first album Vivid EP so I thought some photography with electroluminescent wire in a stream would be a in order.   After much foraging a suitable stick was found to dangle … Continue reading

Cyanotypes at EMF Camp 2016

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This was an excellent opportunity to experiment with cyanotypes and document activities at EMF Camp, a festival for hackers and makers. I used my cyanptype camera – a cardboard box with a hole in the top to mask out stray … Continue reading

Fractal Video Feedback

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For the VIDEOVADA event I wanted to create video fractal feedback effects. Video feedback happens when you point a video camera at a screen which is displaying the output from the camera. A smaller image of the screen appears, within which … Continue reading

Speaker Swinging

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Gordon Monohan’s speaker swinging performed at Oxford Brooke’s former Student Union as part of Audiograft on 10th March 2016. Gordon has been performing this quite awe inspiring performance since 1982. … Continue reading

Blurred plants

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I’m angling for something here – and I’m not quite sure what it is. There’s something exciting that happens in the space between overlapping moving objects and I’m getting glimpses of it in these photos.

Sheet Dip

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“Sheet Dip”, part of the Arkitektoniske Kramper exhibition at OVADA in November 2016 by brook and black, provided an ideal opportunity for me to photograph water that was moving in a very controlled way: two bed sheets were attached to … Continue reading

Spinning electroluminescent wire

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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 … Continue reading

Frosty Thames Walk to Iffley

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  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