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Re: Alt-emulsion-projection

Great idea for an installation project, David!

I would only add that other than what you have proposed, you would want to use a subject dressed in black, dancing under moonlight. Also, I would convert your camera into a pinhole camera. The effects would be spectacular.

Cyanotype Rex, from the glowing reports I've read, would be the perfect emulsion for this project. Remember to add the Royal Photographic Society Fellow to your list of credits.

Do let us know what grade you receive for the project.


On Oct 18, 2006, at 7:11 PM, David Elinoff wrote:


My current project may require an alternative photographic emulsion. I’ve
mostly considered Cyanotype Rex as a route for experimentation and it
appears to be my best bet, however, I’m not certain.

Basically, an image will be captured and subsequently projected, without
development (the result of this exposure may either be positive or
negative). I don’t expect this to behave like normal motion picture film –
I’m not expecting any miracles, and I imagine I will sacrifice speed for
simplicity and legibility. This emulsion only requires to be so fast as to
register some change in the frame, but perhaps just slow enough for the
image to last at least a second or two before ‘fading’ under the
projection lamp.

The installation will utilize computer controlled 16mm analyzer-projectors
that I have developed, and will modify for realization of this work.
I hope I will be applying cyanotype (or another emulsion applicable for
this purpose) to gelatin coated 16mm clear leader soon. Before I get mired
in the chemistry, I’d appreciate any recommendations from the list since
I’m a bit out of my element and wondering whether I’m barking up the wrong
tree (or barking mad, that’s a possibility!).

Thanks for your advice and suggestions.

-David L. Elinoff