Solargraphistics alights the artist and scientist in all of us. It uses the simple science of pinhole photography and modern technology to develop and create amazing long exposure images that the human eye cannot - a stunning journey of the sun's pathway across the sky. Big word. Bigger fun.
Hello. My name is Frankie. And it has been 3 days since my last solargraph. Yes. I may have a problem.
For me it was all an accident - a chance encounter with the previously unknown idea of “solargraphs”. A book at our local library caught my eye about 5 years ago - about analogue photography. I’ve always had an interest in photography, and the idea to build a pinhole camera has been on my bucket list for years. (Yes, I've been called "strange" before. Go ahead).
But the images of suntrail "rainbows" in this book simply had me. I couldn’t stop thinking about them. I was SO inspired, and utterly mesmerised. I actually felt like I'd found a treasure map. I wanted to shout it from the rooftops but at the same time guard it with my life! (As I said before, strange).
A couple of very informative Youtube tutorials, a bit of research on photographic paper, and the purchase and refurb of an old Brother scanner at a garage sale for $10, and I was on a path. A few stray beer cans helped as well. My long suffering husband Ross was called in for that duty - someone has to do it :)
So here we are a few years later, and I’m ready to share these wonderful images and processes with you! I have so much fun with my cameras, and am constantly amazed at what is produced with such an old school process.
I’ve exhibited my solargraphs throughout Australia, and sell DIY kits so you can impress your friends with your own original, amazing solargraphs.