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 …

Practical Photography Magazine

Shortly after sharing one of my images on 500px I was contacted by Practical Photography magazine who were interested in including the image as part of a ‘behind the lens’ article in the February 2014 issue. It’s the first time I’ve been published in a national magazine so a big thanks to the people who set it in motion. The photo can be found in my commercial portfolio (2nd image) as well as on 500px account. I think the shot took somewhere in the ballpark of 8 hours to shoot from start to finish, most of that time taken up …

2013

Last month I graduated with distinction from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography, during my final year I worked on several different projects ranging from architecture and commercial to surreal portraits and scientific images. The majority of the work I’ve shot is year was related in some form or another to my studies; with a few minor side-projects that are still in the works and a few events like the Avalon Air Show. Below is a small handful of images pulled from my Lightroom catalog from 2013. I shot somewhere in the ballpark of 15,000 images and …

The Making of Viscosity

I completed this series as part of my final-year folio while studying a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at RMIT University, the series went through several different revisions before arriving at the final concept used in these images. To explain the conceptual side of things, here’s the statement I wrote for the assessment: “Viscosity aims to illustrate the unseen world of transient events in the behaviour of fluids; in this case, that of acrylic paints. The project came about as part of a larger study that was refined down to the concept seen in these seven prints. Here, common kitchen …

Work In Progress: Cosmos

Off-Shoot from another project. These are some test images I took of balloons bursting with a small amount of water sprayed onto the surface. I added some colour in post as an experiment and was left with these almost galaxy-appearing images. The latex contracts very rapidly as the balloon is burst leaving the water and particles in mid-air for a brief moment before they are pulled down by gravity. The trick is to get the timing right and rely on the flash to stop the motion rather than the actual shutter. The photos were shot using a Triggertrap V1 set …

Building 100: Image Buildup

To get some more experience shooting and editing architectural images I decided to shoot the new RMIT Design Hub; Building 100. I had previously shot some interior images before the building was opened (the benefits of being an RMIT student gave me some leeway with security, who gave me access). Given the glass exterior of the building, I chose to shoot at dusk, when the interior lights would be visible, enhancing the design of the building. The image begins as a series of separate photos taken over the course of an hour or so, the reason for this is two-fold. …