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Unstill Life by saille is planting praxis

September 8th, 2009 5:55 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Document plant motion.

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A solargraph is a photograph taken with a pinhole camera containing not film but black-and-white photosensitive paper. Exposed for a time period between a day and six months, a usually undesirable side effect of long-term light exposure to the unfixed paper causes a flipped color negative image to form.

Any flowering, leafing, growing, or breeze-swaying flora caught in the field of view are re-exposed daily as the sun passes by.

Thus any solargraph image of flora will document both plant motion and planet motion.


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Pinhole camera constructed of one Christmas cookie tin, spray-painted black and wrapped in duct tape. Paper is 4x6 shred of Ilford B&W. Exposure March-September 2009. Paper negative processed according to directions here.

Subject is the Bradford Pear tree that takes up my entire front lawn.







- smaller

finished solargraph

finished solargraph


early april

early april


late april

late april


june

june

camera a slight black blob behind leaves and kitten


paper negative being pulled out of camera

paper negative being pulled out of camera


paper negative scan

paper negative scan



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posted by Samantha on September 8th, 2009 6:05 PM

that is super cool

Nifty stuff.
posted by Wetdryvac on September 9th, 2009 2:45 PM

Yep, I followed your LJ post here, and am quite enthralled by the ideas. Points for real life is nearly as much fun just doing stuff for the sake of doing it - and this here keeping track of? Nice. Thanks.

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posted by Harry Lee on February 6th, 2010 1:44 AM

Capturing such a surreal image in such an awesome way.