This arrangement was made in December, with intermittent sunshine and a very low sun angle the arrangement needed to be constructed so that the shadows don’t extend off the top of the screen.
Two days of shadows of the arrangement, overlaid.
The process of taking down the arrangement.
The stages of deconstruction of the arrangement, with the hands omitted.
The catastrophe of the collapse of the last arrangement, prompted some modifications to my filming apparatus. Two timber battens now secure the trestles together, to minimise the risk of them shifting when turning the whole apparatus to follow the sun, or when removing the large acrylic sheet with the cube and block assemblage atop.
I made four cyanotype prints from this arrangement.
The prints were propped at an angle while exposing to ensure the shadows were not too long to fit on the sheet of paper. Due to intermittent cloud cover and the weak UV in the low winter sun, the prints needed to be exposed for long periods – 50 minutes if no cloud cover, but some were several hours, and even overnight (being covered up to avoid fogging in general daylight or artificial light). This mean that the print needed to be rotated regularly to keep the shadows in roughly the same position.