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Artist Emma Jaubert Howell prints photos onto hand-blown glass

By dpreview staff on Feb 5, 2014 at 08:01 GMT
Artist Emma Jaubert Howell prints photos onto hand-blown glass
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Artist Emma Jaubert Howell prints photos onto hand-blown glass

The collodion process is tricky even with two-dimensional plates, but to expose onto her three-dimensional glasswork, Howell had to create a camera from scratch that was large enough to accommodate her hand-blown bowls using a 77mm Schneider lens and 'bellows' for focusing. In Emma's words:

"The camera I built has a sliding inner barrel that the lens is attached to so that I can focus the image onto the glass. It works in a similar manner to a 4x5 or 8x10 camera in the sense that the back of the camera moves to create the focus. The 'bellows' on my camera is darkroom fabric that attaches to the lens plate and the outside of the main body of the camera to prevent light leaks going in-between the inner barrel and the outer barrel."

Via: Wired, Source: Emma Jaubert Howell

Comments

Total comments: 23
rottenbull
By rottenbull (2 months ago)

Really nice idea,are there any for sale?

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b craw
By b craw (2 months ago)

I found her website somewhat helpful in creating a context for this body of work. She approaches photography conceptually; addressing the underlying constructs of the medium.

But, taken out if this context, these objects are just compelling to me somehow - formally and in terms of the process in making them.

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b craw
By b craw (2 months ago)

It might be irrelevant to the project itself, but I do find myself thinking of the photographs (I assume digital) used to document the glass pieces and camera as aesthetic products in their own right. For most of us they will be the only means of experiencing the work.

On another topic, I am encouraged by DPR featuring artwork using traditional or historical chemical-based means as a supplement to digital content. Others may criticize it as outside the purview of the site, but I think it is informative to photographers of all types, particularly featuring contemporary non-digital work. Additionally, I think it would be interesting to see artists that use a combination of digital and chemical-based photographic processes.

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MrSkelter
By MrSkelter (2 months ago)

You mouth blow glass, not hand blow it. Your hands don't blow.

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Mister J
By Mister J (2 months ago)

Very nice indeed.

Hope her work appears in a UK gallery I can visit sometime.

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AV Janus
By AV Janus (2 months ago)

Very impressive!
And the results are very very interesting.
You really need to look deep into each piece to discover what it hides.

Dont know why but it made me think holograms.

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snow14
By snow14 (2 months ago)

ok.

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fgrau
By fgrau (2 months ago)

This is excellent work!

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Great Bustard
By Great Bustard (2 months ago)

That's freakin' awesome!

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Almeida
By Almeida (2 months ago)

Lousy bokeh!

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Horshack
By Horshack (2 months ago)

Glass used as both the lens and the sensor. Mind blown.

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fmian
By fmian (2 months ago)

They were doing it over 100 years ago...

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Richard Franiec
By Richard Franiec (2 months ago)

Talent and vision in one. Very nice and inspiring.

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MarkByland
By MarkByland (2 months ago)

Very nice.

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DaveE1
By DaveE1 (2 months ago)

Thanks for sharing. I like to see something different from the norm. Interesting.

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babalu
By babalu (2 months ago)

Some of the objects look really different from the usual glass art you normally get to see. Very interesting indeed.
...and I guess, photographing these objects is a challenge in itself.

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mrbharat
By mrbharat (2 months ago)

This is not irrelevant. .. this is art. But sadly only few can understand. .

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Suntan
By Suntan (2 months ago)

Sadly, this comment has been rated up by people.

Art Snobs Unite!

-Suntan

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Adamaflex
By Adamaflex (2 months ago)

@suntan if i could rate down comments, i would...

on your snide comment.

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Resom
By Resom (2 months ago)

Something different, a synergy between different types of art. Thanks for sharing!

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Dames01
By Dames01 (2 months ago)

Wonderful artwork!

I hope all the trolly geeks out there will refrain from posting their usual rants about how irrelevant this is to them...

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Danny
By Danny (2 months ago)

This is irrelevant.

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Dan Wagner
By Dan Wagner (2 months ago)

Irrelevant unless used to display cat photos.

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Total comments: 23