Digital Rest

UK, 2012

We live in a society in which we passively communicate, and whilst many people see this as a negative thing, I don’t. I made this series to portray the emotion and comfort technology can bring us in relationships, long distance ones in particular. Each Image is named after the singular light source used in the image.

Using light to bring comfort

For this Journey to school project I want to use lighting to bring comfort. The language of lighting is something I really want to push in 3rd year. I don’t want a generic warm bright image though, as that’s not my way of shooting. In my Digital Rest series there I tried to show how technology can bring us comfort, one way I think I successfully did this was through the composition and the lighting.

The light source is focussed in a specific area, almost like an place of warmth in the darkness. The light from the mobile phone is cold and blue but still offers comfort. As 2 individual photos it would convey loneliness, but as a whole it becomes comforting. This is relevant to this piece as it is about 2 people in a long distance relationship being comforted. So my next task for the Journey to school project is to figure out which lighting is most appropriate to this project.


So there has been 1 reocurring image people have been telling me they think is the best visually. This is my final piece:

Project Title: Silk Fibres
Date Made: November 2011
Image Title: Futurism

‘Futurism’ ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

 This image would be printed across a whole wall in a gallery space, so people become immersed in the detail of the fibres and the colours surrounding them.

Final Shoot

This is my final shoot, I hope :S. For this shoot i used a macro lens to try and make the fibres stand out. Here are some edits. I am going to name them again according to what i see. This way people might see the image and get confused because it has no context, then I give them a title which actually has nothing to do with the theme it’s just what i see in the shapes. This changes the whole reading of the image. Forcing the viewer to see through my eyes.

Rocket - ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Crucifixion - ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Dove - ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Futurism - ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Futurism - ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett
Invasion - ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

Run - ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

Seal - ©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

Now I have to choose one I want as my final piece, decide how bog i would print it and if i’m keeping the titles.

close up prism light

So my next development idea was to concentrate on really close up compositions, trying to create beautiful prism shapes whilst creating detail in the fabric.

If i were to print any of these images they would be on huge scale. so each fibre would be massive.

The thing I have noticed about these close up images, is that the weaving of the fabric almost creates pixels. and because the image has no context I start to create images by myself. Like when you make shapes out of clouds, for this reason i’m going to try and name each image. Based on what i see.

fortune fish
Japanese Warrior
Sand Castle
Man vs Butterfly
Pelican vs Turtle

This idea can deffinately be improved by using a zoom lens or a macro. That will be my next step.

Prisms on Fabric

This time I wanted to experiment with the scarves some more, I found out if you put the crystal right next to the scarf you get beautiful results, rather then holding the crystal far away like I was doing previously.

Here is a video I made that shows you how turning the crystal alters the light dispersion…

The Video

(this video refers to the last process, scroll down to see how I came to this)

The Images

I started out by putting the crystal about 2 cm away from the projector light, then projecting the light behind the crystal, and taking images this didn’t work too well, the like dispersions were taken over by the direct light of the projector, it is also hard to decipher the difference between whats a pattern on the scarf and whats light, maybe this technique would work well on a white scarf…

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I then decided to include the diamond in the image, again this just distracted from the scarf itself…

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I noticed pretty patterns the crystal created when I was holding it in my hand close the wall and far away from the light, i started taking pictures without the fabric so I could compare the difference after…

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©Daisy Ware-Jarrett

I then introduced the fabric…

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These last ones are definitely the best images, and the process i will develop further tomorrow.

With the Diamond

So I wanted to do some closer up shots, so i went infront of the projector, so it was projector, diamond then me, and i photographed the light dispersion on the paper the diamond was on. These are the most visually appealing images and it was easier to focus on the shapes.

(All images are saved in low quality for the web, so not best representation)

This was an imade i took with 3 different lights…

Blue Light

Strong White Light

Projector Standby Light

The Standby light is the nicest, this will be the lighting technique i take forward, rather then a green tinge it has a blue one.

Working Prism

Finally i have the perfect combination for a prism, a projector and crystal candle holder.

I set the Crystal in front of the projector…

I pointed the projector towards a white wall. I then Held the crystal up, turning it to create different results…

I just wanted to play, and these are the images i got, some of which are quite nice.

some nie images, but it was really hard to capture the colour and detail, everything always looks out of focus, perhaps projecting onto a wall isn’t the way forward. more experimenting then…

Super Nature Design & Wonwei: ‘Prism1666’

This interactive installation is made by Super Nature Design & Wonwei. The piece is a tribute to Isaac Newtons experiments with white lights, and discovery of light dispersion.

In this Piece 15 prisms are placed on a white surface, A graphic design is then projected onto all of this, and then viewers can control the design using a computer.

PRISMA1666 from Super Nature Design on Vimeo.

The Lourake Prism Technique

I came across this great site it feaures the work of George Lourake, and his theories on prism photography, this quote is taken from the site…

Lourake Prism Technique

The Lourake Prism Technique is based on the fact that refracted sunlight passed through glass will produce wonderful images. I will not go into the science here but it is based on Reduction.

OK let’s get started.  First, you need a prism. I used chandelier prisms at first and they worked fine and then I went on Ebay and found some larger ones. Stabilizing the prism was a bit tricky, I used play dough and a harmonica holder until I figured out a stand from a tripod. This is important because you are changing the positions of the prism depending on where the sun is located. Ideally the sun is coming through a window, into a room that is dark. This means you should close off all the other light in the room except for the light going through the prism.

Now, after you have positioned the prism to shine a rainbow onto a surface-the floor or a table-you put down a White background. I use mat board or computer paper, anything white because white reflects all light and any other color will absorb the light.

Next you need a camera, preferably a digital camera that can be held with one hand. This is important because you need one hand to hold the glass and a heavy camera will not work. Put the camera setting on Macro and no flash. Now you are ready.

You have a rainbow on a white surface, your camera in one hand, and in the other hand a piece of glass.

Start with a water glass. Pass the glass in front of the rainbow so that the light goes through it and the image shines on the white surface. Turn the glass slowly and snap your pictures. Try to keep the camera perpendicular to the white surface so the image will not be blurry.

After you get the technique down start using different glass objects. Your glass should be lite enough to hold in one hand. I like the curvy glass like glass animals and fancy ashtrays. Colored glass gives you different effects, crystal gives clear pictures, plastic even works. Try a small plastic water bottle about half full and watch the show.

The whole process is moving. The sun is shifting so you have to follow it by moving your prism. The sun is also different every day. You will get clearer pictures when there are no clouds, some wind or after a rain. When you are shooting you will see how close to the image you need your camera to be for clear pictures.

Do your editing after so you won’t loose the sunlight. Surround yourself with the glass you want to try before you shoot, again because you don’t want to be distracted by anything.

This is great advice, especially the cheap option, plastic water bottle. Here is some of Lourakes work that supports his ideas.

©George Lourake
©George Lourake
©George Lourake
©George Lourake

Light patterns

The night photography project isn’t coming together too well, i’m taking an image a night on film but this means waiting a month before i see the results, so i wanted to do some digital work just to make me feel like i was doing something, as I was laying in bed i notice that if you lay at a certain angle the light from the tv reflect on my white walls and create interesting colours, shapes and patterns, which are all different every time, so here are some of the images that came out of playing around whilst watching Disneys Hercules at 2am….

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There is deffinately room for improvement with these images, more could be explored, like angles of the tv, and placing multiple tv’s facing one wall and seeing how that creates light across a whole wall.

4. Alan Jaras

British photographer Alan Jaris creates images of light, literally. Most images are refracted patterns that occur as beam of light passes through textured glass, using light filters to change the colours. The images are captured like photograms but straight onto film. It’s hard to choose one image of his because they are all so breath-taking, so here are a few of his images.