Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

The artist Emma Howell invented a new optical imaging camera, exposing images in blown glass creations. I created a way of photographic experience is much more than staring at a flat depiction of cliché beach that we all see and know, asserts Howell. Instead of film or SD cards, Howell captures the images in handmade glass surfaces using techniques dating from before the American Civil War! The technique involves hiking in remote areas, the laboratory of the camera at hand, where he mixes different photosensitive chemicals, prepare the glass, capture frames with specially modified photographic and displays the image on the glass. And all this must be done in less than 15 minutes.

Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

So the time that digital cameras allow us today to pull dozens of stops per second, the nature of the work of Howell is completely different, as it requires extreme precision and attention to both the choice of subject and the composition. The production of such images meant that requires something more specific than a compact camera. The photographic recording events on uneven glass surfaces forced Howell to build the engine from scratch. So I had to look back to the photographic past, the time when the large format cameras manufactured by their respective operator.

Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

Camera prints pictures on glass surfaces

Having solved so even a series of difficulties, with the main area showing the film of, after six weeks of trial and error, the camera was more than ready to work. Still, of course, with careful and exhaustive manufacturing process, there is no guarantee the successful outcome. They often are happy mistakes involved in the creative process and provide wonderful images of Howell.

By Nicole P.

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