Tracking the Sun

With just a small amount of chemical magic the sun will allow you to see it’s tracks as it travels over the sky.
The process of making a photographic recording this daily journey is one which turns it’s back on modern cameras and has light and time at it’s heart.

I have pinhole cameras in three locations in Stroud, Gloucestershire, all pointing South and quietly waiting to reveal what they will have seen over a six month period between the Summer Solstice on 21st July and the Winter Solstice of 21st December.

Waiting is good. I look,each day, at the weather and the clearness or cloudiness of the sky and wonder what the camera is seeing. I’m sadly aware of how little clear sky we have had in England this year but I have been able to experiment a little with images made over short periods.
What I have made on photographic paper is encouraging and has given me some enthusiasm to try to make more long exposures lasting days, weeks and months.

Where the sun shines with greater gusto and where it can be relied on to be seen in a cloudless sky for considerable periods of time are the places which most success in photographic sun tracking can be expected. The image here was exposed over a 24 hour period in Provence. The parabolic curve is the path of the sun from morning to night. I believe that the straighter line at the top right might be the moon.





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