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Colour Fade Mirror
April 22, 2011, 12:52
Filed under: Mirrored

This second time lapse was more of a success but not as interesting as the days I filmed when it was bright and sunny with cloudy spells. The clouds were moving very slowly across the sky, but there is a slight colour change as the light begins to fade that I think is quite successful.

Steamy Mirror Time Lapse
April 20, 2011, 19:52
Filed under: Mirrored

This time lapse definitely didn’t go to plan. I got up at 5 in the morning to try and capture the morning light of the sunrise. What I didn’t take into consideration was how the mirror would react to the early morning environment. Therefore it was a while before I realised that the mirror had acquired a large amount of condensation during the filming and therefore obscured the changing sky. A lesson learnt the hard way.

Broken Mirror Time Lapse 3
April 19, 2011, 17:59
Filed under: Mirrored

The aim of this time lapse was to try and capture the path of the sun through the tree, which I think led to some interesting results. The clouds at this point in the day were exciting to begin with, but towards the end of the day they were too thick for any sun to come through and therefore any interesting results. I think I am going to continue to experiment in the meantime, focusing on the path of the sun, so here’s hoping for some more sunny days. I will also be hoping for some clear nights as well as it would be amazing if I could capture the path of the moon.

Broken Mirror Time Lapse 2
April 19, 2011, 15:56
Filed under: Mirrored

I feel that this was perhaps my most successful time-lapse, although the ‘movement’ of the sun is not documented as clearly here I feel that there are some really beautiful moments capturing the passing clouds that also seem to compliment the shape/composition of the mirror in the frame. The mirror as an object in the exterior environment I feel begins to work here well as it seems to take on the role of s ‘screen’. I think it therefore begins to speak of ‘mirroring reality,’ something that artists are continually attempting or at least drawing their inspiration from. Whatever the media there is a combined ambition to in some way ‘mediate’ the world.

Broken Mirror Time Lapse
April 19, 2011, 15:25
Filed under: Mirrored

Although I wanted there to be a contrast between the object of the mirror and its surrounding environment I felt that the frame of the mirror I used in the first two time lapses was somewhat distracting from the movement of the overall time lapse. Therefore I acquired a frame-less piece of mirror, unfortunately, as the title of this post suggests, it didn’t stay in one piece for very long! However after the initial shock of smashing a large mirror (and the possibility of seven years bad luck) I decided that I shouldn’t let it hold me back, perhaps this would create an additional  dimension to the videos.

I am pleased with the clarity of the sun’s path across the sky in this video. And I like the fact that the reflected branches look like further cracks in the mirror. I think it succeeds in drawing the viewers attention to the passing of time and beauty in the natural movement of the sky. I also think it’s interesting that we know that the sun is in fact not moving at all, it is us, the Earth.

Framed Mirror Time Lapse 2
April 19, 2011, 14:42
Filed under: Mirrored

For the second framed mirror time lapse I wanted to capture a greater degree of movement in the reflection, and tried out different positions where there were reflections of traffic and people walking past but they didn’t create the feeling that I wanted to capture. The idea of documenting the movement of the sun really appealed to me, so this was my first attempt at capturing it’s movement through the sky, but the day was a bit too cloudy. However, I felt this was an idea I could explore further on a sunnier, cloud-free day.

Framed Mirror Time Lapse
April 19, 2011, 10:44
Filed under: Mirrored

Since filming the the time lapse of  mirrored Bristol Planetarium towards the end of 2010 I have been continually thinking about how I can incorporate mirrors into my work further. Whether that would be through an installation or with further video pieces I knew I was primarily interested in the juxtaposition of the object of a mirror placed in various environments.  What happens to your experience of the surrounding space?

I have been researching into Installation Art further, which is how I came across the work of Robert Smithson, a key figure in the development of this genre. Smithson ‘formulated the distinction between a Site, a particular place or location in the world at large, and a Nonsite, a representation in the gallery of that place in the form of transported material, photographs, maps and related documentation.’ – ‘Installation Art’ Nicholas De Oliveira (1994)

The notion of ‘Site’ and ‘Non-site’ was something that I found particularly intriguing. I realised that this definition could aptly describe the relationship between many art works and the gallery space itself. There is always that contrast between the gallery space and another alternative space indicated by the artwork. This notion when applied to the idea of ‘mirroring’ I found even more intriguing as the object of the mirror itself adds an alternative spacial illusion. Smithson distinguishes between a ‘Site’ and a ‘Nonsite’ describing how a mirror is the object of a ‘Nonsite’ and a reflection belongs to that of a ‘Site’.

I wanted to take the mirror (an object of a ‘Nonsite’) into a ‘Site’ creating a contrast between to two environments. The video above shows my first time lapse video of a framed mirror observed over time in the natural environment.