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Alan Jaras Light Photography

07.22.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Andrea Tumino
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British artist Alan Jaras turns light into awesome works of art. A majority of the works are analogue images of the refraction patterns from a beam of light passing through a transparent object (Jaras uses pieces of textured glass). The image is captured directly on to 35mm film, no camera lens is used (a photogram using film instead of photographic paper), the transparent object replaces the lens. Jaras introduces color by placing specially prepared colored filters directly in the light beam. “These images have not been computer generated or color treated. The colors you see are a faithful reproduction of those captured on film,” says Jaras.












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  3. Doug Says:

    WOW !!! and Double-wow!!

  4. Chuck Says:

    more evidence that “film is not dead.” Hurrah!

  5. mullingitover Says:

    Uh, no. Film is still dead. You can do the same thing with a digital sensor and without the need for toxic chemicals.

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  9. gnal Says:

    Hey Mulling: Digital photography still requires toxic chemicals — they’re just diplaced. Unless you’ve got a computer & digital back that were organically gown in a field somewhere …
    Exquisite shots though. I wanna go look at them in a dark room while listening to “Inna Gadda Davida” on vinyl!

  10. Stein Says:

    Psychedelia, alive and well in 2008.

  11. AutismNewsBeat Says:

    How do you direct the beam of light? Have you used a laser pointer? I’d like to try this.

  12. Mirko Herzner Says:

    Stunning pictures here. I especially like the fourth one. These tones of blue are just beautiful.

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  21. James D. Newman Says:

    @mullingitover — no you can’t do the same thing. You can do a similar thing, but it by no means the same. A digital sensor has an entirely different range of response because there is a different transduction element. I also greatly admire things people do playing with digital scanners but there is something amazing about the massively parallel quality of an array of a billion or so crystals of silver, and the hundreds of different dye molecules which can be bound to them.

    If you’re worried about the toxic chemicals generated by art photography, then I encourage you to look arround the world a little because there are real problems awaiting your attention.

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  26. akasha Says:

    howd you like that colorful barak advertisement

  27. lois Says:

    More visually attractive than a kaleidoscope.

  28. April Says:

    Stunning, really and truly.

  29. Rohit Says:

    Woah. Lovely

  30. Sarah Says:

    thats insane and beautiful. and awesome altogether!

  31. [Ania]♪ Says:

    WOW. That’s just bautiful.
    I love it.♥

  32. Kham Tran Says:

    Wow, looks amazing. I didn’t know you could capture light like that.

  33. Dilys Says:

    It is fantastic! great invention in art!
    I want to know more about the technique!

  34. Cheero Says:

    Are you kidding me? This SAME stuff can be reproduced under 2 minutes with fractal programs such as Apophysis.

  35. James D. Newman Says:

    @ Cheero

    BOY are you dumb. LOL

  36. mansoor Says:

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  38. Carolyn Says:

    This is incredible.

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  44. Ian Maciejko Says:

    Those are some superb photographs, wish mine were that decent!

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  46. olla Says:

    wow the photographs are amazing , those are perfect , I love it . Good job (Y)

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  48. sherry Says:

    just amazing would really like to learn how to do this and a bit more baackground to u and how you got into it what arrigannally inspired u plz email back

  49. Uma Maheswar Nakka Says:

    Simply awesome
    Thanks and blessings

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    wow!! that is real creativity,i will like to learn.


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  58. Serizawa Says:

    Wow, did you manually set the ISO? Was it rellay high?I love the layers and layers of light in #6, and the awesome soft textures – Impressive! I think you must have worked further away from the camera than I did, to get that impression of space. The circle in #11 is pretty damn perfect did you use string? Lol, interesting how different they turned out from mine, which were basically the same props!

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