Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Bilby Towers

May 3, 2010

The assembling of early triangulation towers relied on materials to hand, the terrain and the hardiness of the men involved. Jasper Bilby developed a pre-fab/mechano kit for effective construction-deconstruction. Three men, Leg Men would be resonsible for each corner of the tower, each level or horizontal stay would be within reach of the stay below so that building was a matter of level at a time with no additional scaffold to support. Everything was specific to it’s purpose, tools with multiple uses, a-boards for sitting and standing and could fit into many niche’ of the tower, and custom joints. A tower inside a tower.

Purpose built truck beds.

Not to scale – models of cocktail and BBQ stick sorts, homage to Bilby.

Quality is questionable, any available light.


The what is What, Radio EMIP

May 2, 2010

Now for something completely different. Structures and scaffolds, beacons (shudder) for speakings. My part for Radio EMIP, (boredom gardens) is to build the tower that the transmitter will proudly disturb local AM on.

Beginning with some reflex research. Topics covered: Fan Transmitters, early and effective, lines between two posts; Rigging, for ships and other Tall’s; construction by any means necessary; early triangulation and survey towers of North America; Leg Men; Jasper Bilby; meteorological surveying (mostly on ships with excellent rigging in the background); rockets; rocket towers; Geodesy – satellite triangulation, stations; large and bloody carcass’.; Tropiquaria, Watchet.

I hate that I’m too bloody tired to link all of these to their good sources. My lapse in respect for the archive ether has been noted and my conscience will be forfeit.

W.W.W – Colour [full circle]

March 31, 2010

Feels appropriate that adding colour is linking the last stage of this project back to it’s “launch”, that is to say, Rockets.

Detail –

W.W.W. – Refined Concept

March 2, 2010

A.P.O.T.D – brill. Star trails reflected in lake. Colours are impossibly good. As is –

Clouds, rocket, night. It’s a digital photo obviously but there are elements that apply to the reflective, hand coloured concept. etc.

W.W.W. – Concept

March 2, 2010

The strong visual language associated with hand tinted photographs. Saturated and sometimes surreal, it’s an aesthetics that has popped up quite alot with the imagery Rose [W.W.W.] has provided. My contributions:

My particular way of working tends to be black and white, pointilised or rather, layered textures generated with the typical rotring often to photo-realistic and time-consuming end. The image above is essentially grayscale, hand tinted with limited colour and patchy application. It’s not the strongest example of false colouring, however the image has a distinct repepition and symmetry that I identified in W.W.W. and had some vague idea to reflect (pun).

Have found myself drawn to images that are naturally reflective. So, a wigwam! Excellent colours, psychedelic.

False colouring and naturally repetitive imagery. Keep coming back to a single image, clouds, as excellently displayed above.

Newness – W.W.W.

March 2, 2010

Cover art for band Wap Wap Wow.

Hello, quick update. Project is for aforementioned band – music is repetitive in the best sort of way. Vocals become instruments, layered, reflected in a call and receive choir and strings thing. Reasons for lame technical breakdown will become clear after I post a couple of images that I have been given or found as a response to the brief.

Above: Monty Python , provided by Rose (of Wap Wap Wow [w.w.w.] inception).Below: stills from Auguste Lumière (1862-1954) and Louis Lumière (1864-1948), Danse Serpentine

Early filmmakers loved dancers. I can’t locate the source of this film, but iterations of the Serpentine Dance were particular favorites of both Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Brothers. Inspired by dancer Loie Fuller’s famed skirt dances, in which colored lights projected onto her billowing garments, this film (and others like it) was hand-tinted to achieve similar affects. Fuller’s solo was mesmerizing, and her copycat film subjects no less so.

Particularly interested in the hand colouring and symmetry of these examples. Surreal, seemingly random colour selection. Will come back to this idea of layering on colour as an enhancement and fantastical act. For now will draw parallel to the music with the multilayered repetition and its original form as a garage band demo that could constantly be added to and altered.

Rockets etc. New York

February 1, 2010

Nostalgic like, bit nauseous.

Top: No Rocket. Bottom: Rocket. Thanks to Liam.

More Coney, thanks Liam.

Above and Below: my decidedly less professional disposables.

V.I. – Will Burtin

December 6, 2009

Not sure how this will fit in, but Will Burtin’s work is an incredible example of public scientific art. He also stressed the importance of design within science.

From an article in Creative Review, Rick Poyner wrote –

In 1957, after conducting some careful preliminary research, Burtin proposed to Upjohn that he build them a gigantic model of a human cell (above), then the focus of great scientific and public interest. Upjohn took a gamble and accepted his plan, and it was here, observe Remington and Fripp, “that the modern concept of scientific visualization was born”.

On the book Design as Science, The Life and Work of Will Burtin by Roger Remington and Robert S.P. Fripp –

It has been said that Will Burtin (1908–1972) was to graphic design what Albert Einstein was to physics.

Burtin pioneered important contributions to international typography and visual design. He is best known as the world leader in using design to interpret science; as a proponent of ‘clean’, uncluttered sans-serif typography; and for his large-scale three-dimensional models, which carried the craft and the art of display to new heights. His walk-through models included a human blood cell (1958) and brain functions (1960). His major achievement, his clarity and ingenuity with models and graphics made complex information easy to assimilate.

An extract from the book about the above image of Burtin’s “Brain” –

In order to represent time accurately, Burtin rapidly abandoned – or never considered – the possibility that the Upjohn Brain would resemble the human brain itself. The Cell was a scaled-up simulacrum of a cell – it resembled what it represented. But it was more important for the Brain to demonstrate mental function than to resemble the actual organ. Burtin wrote: “In studying the anatomy of the brain some years back, while working on a lead article of ‘Scope’ with Dr. Macleod, I found that the concern over anatomical details prevented or made very difficult an understanding of operational principles on which consciousness – the essential product of the brain – is based.” For that reason the present authors refrain from calling the Upjohn Brain a model. Better to use Burtin’s term, “exhibit sculpture”; or Remington’s, “The presentation was, in effect, a schematic of a functioning brain.”

V.I. – Invisable Phenomena?

December 6, 2009

This post and any posts that follow with either a V.I. (Visual Interpretation) or A/M.L. (Analogical/Metaphorical Language) before the title are references for The Dissertation. On the what is most effective, VI or A/ML in communicating a scientific theory to the wider, scientifically uneducated audience?

The image, published online Oct. 9 by The New England Journal of Medicine, was created by schlieren photography, which “takes an invisible phenomenon and turns it into a visible picture,” said the engineering professor, Gary Settles, who is the director of the university’s gas dynamics laboratory.

From a New York Times article by Denise Grady, 27.10.08 – The Mysterious Cough, Caught on Film.

Mostly Coney Natural History Island.

December 6, 2009

Really didn’t take that many photos in NY, the ones I did are more often then not, scaffold-related. Or just unrecognisably NY.

Strand Books. 18 miles of written joy. Apart from the Conflict History section. Below are reference images of Coney Island for scaffold project at later date. Very good day. Beer and a slice on the beach, sand castles and a local with a jesus tattoo that spent the most of the time with his top off talking about the unfortunate woman who was attacked by a monkey and who’s face “looked like a fucking stomach”.

The stage door was open to this theartre that will be showing Spiderman The Musical. The posters boast that lyrics written by Bono and The Edge. Was fascinated by the size of the stage (bigger than the auditorium, bottom left) – wires hanging down for lights and scaffold levels exposed. Beautiful. Now for some Natural History relief –

MASSIVE, bigger then a fathom high. I drew this in the Hall of North American Mammals –