road-tripping the end of the world

night photography


A good friend of mine invited me out to her family’s house and land, to scout some locations for the new work. They have a man-made dark forest on their property, it’ll be quite the backdrop for one piece. These jpegs are slightly crappy – for some reason the dark areas don’t transition well to jpeg format – which could foreshadow some printing issues, but let’s hope not.

… ok having viewed these on a number of computers now, they really do vary wildly. By and large they look like shit. Hurray!

projection / garage follow up

Lacking the funds and ability to alter the laws of physics and design some delightful Fringe-inspired device that projects darkness, I’ve been screwing around with an LED flashlight to make cheesy shadows on the garage wall.

(this is straight out of the camera, it was more a technical test than anything)

This was simply fingers and a little LED flashlight with … nine little LEDs in it I think. I have some … relatively old … enlargers in the basement, and I was thinking, what better to make a subtle projection than an enlarger head? well we’ll see. Ultimately what I’m aiming for is the effect of shadows-appearing-without-evident-origin on a surface that appears *naturally* lit – hence the subtle light. It’s not quite working just yet with the LED flashlight but maybe  the enlarger will do a better job (it’s also got built-in colour filters!) And yes, overhead projectors, I know (thank you Shari Boyle and Daniel Barrows).

On a side note, increasingly it seems evident prop-construction is going to become part of my practice. Not that this is a bad thing, but I did get rather content just ‘collecting’ things as opposed to making them.  Propnomicon has been a delightfully appropriate resource of late, there is some damn good (and fun) work out there based on the Lovecraft mythos.

Also, on the night photography note, Joe Reifer’s blog and website have earned themselves a permanent tab in Firefox of late, in particular check out his night photos of military ruins … will definitely have to make a roadtrip to the american south-west sometime.

not dead, just in the dark

a few projects on the go, and a busy rest-of-april

meanwhile, a couple untouched-up night shots in the backyard

squeezing long exposures out of my S5 is a pain in the ass. A shame the thing that makes it such a great DSLR for everything else makes it a pill for hot pixels on night shots.

I’d be remiss in not re-linking Andy Frazer’s night photography blog, learned a lot there (though I’m not sure I have a whole lot to show for it just yet).

Day 10 (The Ten Days of Cthulhu) (The Last Day)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 10)

There was a version with a somewhat telling nosebleed, but it was a little too strong of a mark. I might write more about this series when it has settled a bit, but generally I’m quite happy with the results. Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

Day 9 (The Ten Days of Cthulhu)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 9)

And a detail, because these would definitely be printed a lot bigger than they’re appearing on screen:

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 9) (detail)

Day 8 (The Ten Days of Cthulhu)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 8)

Day 7 (The Ten Days of Cthulhu)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 7)

Day 6 (The Ten Days of Cthulhu)

Ran into some technical issues with this one that the few solutions I came up with just didn’t cut it visually. So there’s sorta two parts, the first, if I were to use a singular image, would be the one I’d select. The second could stand on its own as a separate work in the series, or perhaps as part of a diptych.

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 6)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 6 II)

And just to see how they work together:

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 6 Diptych)

Update: Managed a stitch-together of the two parts that’s remotely acceptable, but I’m undecided which I like better.

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 6 Merged)

Day 5 (The Ten Days of Cthulhu)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 5)

…. aaaand the line is crossed, the shit hits the fan, and the borders start to fall apart.

Day 4 (The Ten Days of Cthulhu)

The Ten Days of Cthulhu (Day 4)