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Exploring glass, part one

Published May 1st, 2012

During the autumn of 2009, I took a ten week photography course. One of the assignments we could choose was to make a cover photograph for a book; little did I know that this would be the start of a huge project with several hundreds of images taken, and so far two solo exhibitions. Welcome to join me on a journey of exploring the hidden world of glass and light.

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"A tiny bubble in a glass of God"

I chose an old favourite book of mine, the epic science fiction poem Aniara, because of the following line:

“now we have fathomed what our space-ship is
--a tiny bubble in a glass of God.” - Harry Martinson, Aniara.

I knew there was a couple of glasses in my kitchen with a thick glass bottom, and a big air bubble trapped in it. For this first image, I just plopped the glass onto the kitchen table - turned upside down - and switched on the lamp over the table.
Technically this image leaves a lot to be desired, being shot in a environment with lots of distracting light sources and a crappy zoom lens, but I felt that I was onto something good...

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A quantum leap...

Encouraged by my first results, I raided my piggy bank and bought a 60mm macro lens of good quality and a cheap ring flash for close up work. But, being me, I didn't attach the flash to the front of the lens as you're supposed to. Instead, I took out one of our hand made wine glasses, put it in a box that was painted all black on the inside, and held the flash at various angles to see if there were any interesting images hiding in there... This is one of the resulting photographs, directly out of the camera.

  • October 27th, 2009
  • Canon EOS 450D
  • 60mm / f/11 / 1/60 sec
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"Fire water"

Here is a schnapps glass, with brightness and contrast edited in Photoshop.

  • October 29th, 2009
  • Canon EOS 450D
  • 60mm / f/11 / 1/60 sec

Another view of glass and reflections

On my way home from class, my head filled with glass and reflections, I stumbled upon a street corner with several layers of plate glass, the night lights bouncing between them...



[Part two...]

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