Experimental performance art photography with laser and technic lego assembly
In the year 1BC (Before Coronavirus) I bought a box of technic lego from the local market. £15 for 2 motors, loads of gears, all the structural bits of all shapes and sizes, some pneumatic parts and something that looks like the collective on a helicopter rotor. I spend 2 days meticulously sorting out the pieces into some Poundland compartment organisers – no children under the age of 40 allowed near!
I wanted to make an armature to hold a line laser as a lighting experiment – the subject would stand in the middle and the laser would ‘scan’ the subject circling inwards from about 12 feet above. So bish bash bosh! – taking it apart and putting it all back together at least 5 times. Rather than building a variable transmission with a gear stick like the ones in cars, I made a rack in which I could easily rebuild it when I needed to on the fly – this offered much greater flexibility – like a true bodger!
I needed to time the rotation of the laser with the shutter time, 8 seconds seems long enough to do something in and not get any vibrations.
Using a UV laser creates fluorescence which means I can use a colour palette afforded by which fluorescent paints and materials I have available – in this case powder paint and stretchy nylon fabric.