In the 19th century the American photographer Muybridge captured movements with the wet plate collodion process: this inspired Philip Glass to compose the opera ‘The Photographer’. Similarly Picasso and Man Ray ‘painted’ with a torch, which was captured photographically. These artists have inspired me to do this project. The combination of the dancers movements and the spotlight makes for a dreamy and romantic image.
“While on his Egyptian expedition with Mr. Frank Frith, they came across a piece of sculpture that was not only in a dark place, but was, as it were, round a corner from the entrance passage, in about as unmanageable a position as can well be imagined,- however, being desirous of obtaining a picture of it, Mr. Wenham was determined not to be bafﬂed, and procuring two looking—glasses, and stationing an assistant at the entrance with one of them, he directed a mass of the sun’s rays along the passage, while receiving them upon a second mirror, he again changed the course of the rays, and being unable to illuminate the whole of the subject at once, by keeping the second mirror in constant motion, so as to paint the ﬁgures as it were with the light, a photograph was actually obtained.”