2013/04/14
18:00

Suns movement trapped in a can

Solargraphy exhibition. A compilation of extremely long exposure photos made with pinhole cameras, created from recycled beer cans. by Ignas Kutavicius
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Ignas Kutavicius

Ignas Kutavicius is a photography artist from Klaipeda, Lithuania. After graduating graphic design and webdevelopment studdies he currently is based in Gothenburg, Sweden where he works as a freelance photographer. While his commercial work involves take photos of interiours of real-estate, portraits and events, his real passion is experimenting with different types of photographic technology. Using pinhole cameras, made of recycled household items, he creates images that project the world where time doesn’t stop and shapes shift into new dimentions. Together with a group of friends he helps run a non-profit artist organization TEMA (International Experimental Art Action) based in Klaipeda, Lithuania. It is easiest described as a collaboration of musicians, illustrators, designers and other type of artists that organize cultural events like concerts, exhibitions and performances. Apart from this Ignas actively participates individually in many different international exhibitions and art projects, presenting his work and hosting workshops. His work has been published in several magazines and most recently in project collaboration book “101 Ways To Do Something Impossible”.

Solargraphy – Suns movement trapped in a can

Solargraphy is a very primitive and simple technique to take extremely long exposure photos of the Sun’s movement. To make this possible you need a pinhole camera made from a lightproof can or box, a sheet of light sensitive photo paper and a tiny hole instead of a lens. Then the camera is placed somewhere in the city away from curious eyes and being kept up to 6 months (sometimes even longer). Later the exposed sheet of paper is taken from the camera in a dark room and scanned as a negative. Surprisingly the resulting images are color even when a monochrome photo paper is used. During the exposure movement of the Sun is fixed (bright lines). From the photograph you can even tell what days were cloudy – short cuts in the Sun-traced lines are made by clouds covering the Sun.

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