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:

  2 Responses to “It Isn’t All Stills, Stills, Stills…”

  1. Not sure about centreing a video, but in the embedding code, you can change the parameter of width and height of the video to make it fit within your blog width, as long as they work out the same ratio as original. I hope that helps a little.


  2. Thank you, Gu.

    I had noticed that but see that other bloggers seem to have smaller video centered within the blog width.

    Hey ho, thanks anyway… JL

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