Jul 272010

As well as stills photography, the moving image has also always intrigued and entranced me.  In my early teens, with a make-shift darkroom already installed in my bedroom for a few years, I spied a second-hand Sankyo Super 8mm cine camera in a local camera shop window.  For £30 it was mine but, of course, at that age I didn’t appreciate the hemorrhaging my limited funds would suffer by supporting such a habit.

The acquisition of a projector and editor made it even more fun, and the costs didn’t detract from the wonder of thousands of still images on metres of celluloid creating the sensational illusion of a moving image.  I still have all these items (above), which are now consigned to display pieces here in the studio.

The days of tinkering with film are long gone but I still love to see such illusions.  There’s a fine example at the moment in the castle at Belsay Hall as part of the Extraordinary Measures exhibition—Mat Collishaw’s zoetrope Garden of Unearthly Delights:

The Garden of Unearthly Delights from Dariusz Sebastian Burdon on Vimeo.

Thankfully, my friends and colleagues know I love these visual treats and send me things to look at.  Neil Barstow pointed me in the direction of the following clip, Phonographantasmascope, which I also thought you might like to see:

Jul 062010

Every now and then it’s going to be great to take the opportunity to write about a topic just for the sheer fun of it and this, in my opinion, is one of those opportunities.

Now, some of you will know that I started my career (and, indeed, childhood) as a photographer.  In fact, www.jacklowe.com (a site holding some of my hero images from the turn of the century) still breathes away quietly in the background and I occasionally sell editioned prints of my work.  One day I’ll take up photography again but as a hobby next time, as it was when I was a child.

My life is so full here in the studio these days that I rarely get the chance to make my own photographic works so, if I do, it needs to be easy.  I’m not a huge ‘app fanatic’ but a few days ago I stumbled across the iPhone app, Hipstamatic, in an effort to improve my camera experience on said device.  What a buzz!  It has been so much fun, tapping right back into emotions generated from those early photographic forays.

I have put together a small gallery of some of my favourite first images using the app.  You can also read up on the history of the Hipstomatic camera here—a blog from the camera’s creator.

Anyway, that’s all.  I just thought I would share this purely to spread the joy—it’s not every day one gets to acquire a new camera for £1.19!  I don’t have any affiliations with the Hipstamatic app creators, by the way, though I wish I had.

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