Copper sulphate panorama

Last Friday a photographer friend and I spent about 4 1/2 hours
inside an artwork, working out just how to light it for panos and
still images.

This was the ‘Seizure’ art installation by Roger Hiorns, an entire
(small) apartment in a condemned block that he sealed and filled to
the ceilings with a rich copper sulphate solution. After a number of
weeks this was pumped out again, and the result was large blue
crystals coating virtually every surface. It was weird, alien and
mesmerising.

It was also pitch black, and it took a long time to work out just how
to handle the lighting. Here’s one of the two panoramas that we
managed to shoot:

http://www.panoramaphotographer.com/spaces/seizure.html

Lit entirely with multiple flash units and reflectors, with the
shutter open for 15 seconds per shot and multiple hits from some of
the flash units to build up the light levels. Stitching was weird
but, thanks to careful planning, ultimately not too difficult.

Mind you, the nadir was a bit of a fiddle to shoot, particularly the
parts used to fill in where the pano head was. One was taken with the
tripod and me jammed into the bathtub and the camera leaned back over
the original shooting position. Remember, 15 second exposures.

Anyway - hope y’all like it. Don’t bump into the walls, they hurt! :slight_smile:

k


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Brings me back to my school science classes… my crystals where not that big though :wink:

What size where the larger ones on the pillar? they look enormous although it seems really hard to judge their size.

Just out of interest, do you know how long this all took and how long it was left after it was drained… looks incredible!


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What size where the larger ones on the pillar?

Many were up to 4 or 5 inches long each - pretty large.

Just out of interest, do you know how long this all took and how
long it was left after it was drained… looks incredible!

I read that it was approximately 80,000 litres of the super-saturated
solution and it was left for a few weeks while the temperature of the
liquid went down and the crystals formed. I’ll put the other panorama
up when I get a chance to stitch it together, but it will be a bit of
a challenge - the lighting was even harder for that first one.

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That is so cool, as a panorama, and the installation itself. Nicely done, k!


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Cool stuff Keith, I always like looking at these panorama’s. Thanks for sharing.


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On 27 Apr 2009, 11:04 pm, thatkeith wrote:

What size where the larger ones on the pillar?

Many were up to 4 or 5 inches long each - pretty large.

Gosh that’s big, didn’t think something like that could be done so quickly. Look forward to seeing the second one.


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didn’t think something like that could be done so quickly.

I think it is to do with cooling; I read somewhere that it went in
fairly warm and was cooled down, possibly artificially, to force the
crystals to grow quickly. That, and the solution was
‘super-saturated’. But yes, that is very fast.

Look forward to seeing the second one.

Oh boy. I think putting that one together is going to be more of a challenge.

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Its up for the Turner prize, the installation not keith’s pano: BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Crystal cave up for Turner Prize

Keith, might be worth seeing if the beeb will give you a link.

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might be worth seeing if the beeb will give you a link.

I’m thinking more along the lines of the Tate itself. And I really
should get in touch with Roger Hiorns. Soon this panorama will be the
closest we’ll be able to get to experiencing the installation
directly.

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Wonderful
Photography.
Works fantastico with krpano. Well, done Keith!! Brilliant, I luv it!


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