Six-month Sonarograph Workshop June 2018

17 July 2018

The IOP sponsored 6-month solarograph hands-on workshop was held at the Darkroom of St Pauls Learning Centre, Bristol on 17 June 2018 by Justin Quinell of the Real Photography Company.

Sonarograph Pic 2

A 6-month solarograph is a pinhole camera (camera obscura) that captures the change in the path of the sun as it moves across the sky from solstice to solstice -21 June to 21 December.

Almost exactly a month after the International Day of Light, the drop-in sessions saw nearly two dozen people come along and try their hand at making their own 6-month solarograph using aluminium beverage cans, photographic paper and liberal amounts of gaffe tape, all under Justin's expert eye.

Sonarograph Pic 1


While the kids played with the two large camera "eyescuras" made from laundry baskets and were exposed to photographic paper (quite-literally), the adults enjoyed listening to a short talk on Bristol's historical contributions to the development of photography. 

The participants also got to take away the fruits of their labour along with instructions for how to securely mount and expose the cameras to capture the motion of the sun.

We look forward to seeing everyone back in 6 months' time with their cameras to compare notes and images.

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