Friday, September 4, 2009

Anyone up for a bit of Solography?

OK first things first! WTF is Solography? The short version to a long and somewhat scientific story is its a photographic method for recording the paths of the Sun.... Its part pinhole photography and a part space Art too!

Solographs are essentially pinhole photographs taken with a lensless pinhole camera with a long exposure.... and when i say long i mean months and months! By creating these unobstructed long exposures the invisible movements of the Sun can be made visible in landscape photographs...

You see he weather during half a year is seen in the image above. The Sun's slow path across the sky is beautifully captured by this unique image. The Sun´s altitude (it's peak) is reached in midsummer on June 21st in the northern hemisphere. Every day the Sun leaves one line after the other. The tracks of the moving Sun are visible and increase progressively from December to June. The missing traces are due to the Sun being obscured on overcast days.... Its a little confusing i know but have a good read through the website here and you'll pick up the general gist pretty quick!

Some crazy cat that goes by the name of Tarja Trygg is attempting to plot a solographic world map by inviting anyone to take part and fill in gaps on the map of solargraphs.... you can find out more, including how to make your own pinhole camera here... Pretty darn nifty little project if you ask me!

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