process: Research day 10 - Pin-hole play

Following on from yesterday's theme of photography, I finally went to the Photo lab darkroom to put together my pin-hole cameras which I've made from tin cans. Bit of a faff but was really good to finally 'sculpt' a  piece of DIY photographic equipment from found materials - something I've always been interested in. 

Can prep for pinhole 

I have used tin cans as the 'container' as a follow on from using tin cans for another piece of sound sculpture ("Sychediment")  which I made earlier this year, using 3 tins cans, one acting like a sound speaker emanating a sound piece. The idea of using the tin can follows on from this sound piece in that, cans act like containers for food preservation - almost like a way of fossilizing for future use. Time is captured and kept within these aluminium conical walls.

Part of my research narrative is based on 'Deep time' - the stretch of time but in geologic terms which spans billions of year. The stretch Im particularly interested in is that of Algae - Oil - Plastic. So I wanted to use a construct my own camera container for capturing time with a focus on the algae within their artificial domestic space - the laboratory.

The word photo has origins from the Greek word 'Phos' meaning - more details about the meaning of photo and word origins/construction can be found in the extract below [1].

As well as time, photography also acts like surface type of net harnessing and using light, so the can also encompasses this concept. Im am interested in this relationship between photography and algae -  its process of photosynthesis with the obvious connection of photo/light and is also partly why Im using this medium a form of "photo-synthetic-graphy' capturing the writing of light reflected off the objects it interacts (e.g algae) with on its journey and captured on paper as a negative - binary reversal of reality, like 1 to 0 or 0 to 1.  The light is also harnessed by the algae to convert into chemical energy - summarised by diagram below [2] :

Further musing on this relationship to follow!

[1] Dhiendra Verma, Word Orgins, (Sterling Publishers, New Delhi. 2007) p.144

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