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:
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: