Warranty Void – Exploded Views of Real-world Things

Inspired by the exploded-view technical drawings used to show how a component is assembled. ‘Warranty Void’ is an ongoing personal project using real-world objects broken down into it basic components. Exploded views are typically made using an illustration or a 3D render whereas this series uses the real world object, broken down piece by piece. These pieces are photographed one piece at a time, in situ and range from 50 to over 120 separate components. I’ve had a number of people ask me how these images were made so I thought I’d give a basic outline of my process. What …

PROJECT – Apoapsis

Apoapsis is a recent project I’ve been experimenting with that looks at soap bubbles and interference patterns (responsible for the various colours seen in the film of the soap). It’s a somewhat tricky subject to work with due to a working with a very narrow depth of field and the inherent random behaviour of a floating bubble. They only last a few seconds before bursting, during which time they start filled with bright colours before decaying into a silvery grey. So timing is also an important issue. Apoapsis explores the planet-like & abstract strcutures, shapes and colours found in floating …

This Kills the Camera

About a month ago I got my hands on a few Vivitar 35mm SLRs (among other things) from a high school darkroom that had fallen into disuse. Two of them found new homes, however a third broken camera became part of a concept I’d been wanting to try – exploded view diagrams. Essentially this type of drawing is used to illustrate the order and position of components in a larger assembly. Traditionally these are done as technical drawings and in more recent years; 3D renders created in CAD programs. I thought it would be interesting to try and replicate the …

LED Tracing

I recently experimented with the idea of using a row of LED lights to create three-dimensional shapes and patterns, shooting in a dark room with a long exposure to trace the movement of the lights. Using a row of lights instead of a more common single light (‘light painting’) produced a more tangible sense of depth and coupled with different exposures and movements, yielded some quite interesting results. LED Stick: I had a spare LED lighting kit left over from a desk lamp I built (more on that project here). I taped this to a monopole to keep it rigid …