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Puzzled? I was. Thankfully when you turn the page, Mr.Gale’s secret is revealed. Here’s how he did it:

Take a pair of fine insulated wires, solder a torch bulb to end of one, and a torch battery to the other. Wires will be aprox 6 ft long. Fix battery to ceiling, attach small piece black lead behind bulb, then notice how the pinpoint of light “orbits” with a gentle push. Place a single lens reflex camera on top of a book – directly under the light. Measure the light-camera distance, and set this on the camera. Lie on the floor, look thru the view-finder, and work out the amount of “swing” required to fill the format. Make sure room is completely dark, except for the globe. Open the lens, push the weighted globe into ( hopefully ) “artistic” orbits, placing pieces of coloured cellophane over the lens at intervals. The lens was set at f5.6 exposure aprox 15 minutes.

For his trouble, Mr.Gale got onto the front cover of the July-September 1965 edition, and was paid 6/6. I hope the City of Moe Camera Club shouted him a few drinks…

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About Vetti

I love good coffee, street art, tiki bars and kitsch. Adore roller derby and quiffs and vintage Hawaiian shirts. Enjoy a slice of my northside life!

2 responses to “instamatic

  1. crumpet

    That’s so cool. I love experimental photography. 🙂

    This reminds me of a friend’s artwork (in method, anyway) — he attached his camera to a ceiling fan, set it to take pictures with the timer, and took really warped self portraits. He then did a massive drawing from all the pictures. Cool stuff.

  2. Great use of a ceiling fan! There were heaps of these brochures and books round my house when I was a kid, due to my camera-mad Dad. Pity I don’t have them now…

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