suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
alan JARAS: It is a form of Light Art and both an on-going and long term exploration of light refraction patterns. These patterns are formed by a single static light source passing through various transparent materials and refractive objects that I create and are recorded directly on to colour transparency film. The technique is an evolution of the Photogram and Shadowgraph – I call the images “Refractographs”.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
aJ: Over 40 years ago, as a scientific photographer working in the glass industry, I experimented with photograms in the traditional photographic darkroom using black and white film and found that large fractured pieces of glass from the glass furnace formed beautiful and detailed patterns on the film. I could not pursue this study deeply at the time but five years ago I started again only this time using a camera body as the ‘darkroom’ , working with colour film and creating my own refractive objects from combinations of glass and plastics.
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
aJ: There’s not been a great deal of time for reading – I’ve been enjoying the experimentation too much; but I do like to keep up to date with the latest scientific developments through “New Scientist” and developments in ‘Light Art’ via the internet.
I like to listen to classical music of all types.
As I work I look out of the study window and watch the passing seasons, the change of light and sky, and the bird life in the garden – I find it relaxes the mind and enhances creativity.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
aJ: David Hull (known as mtnrockdhh on Flickr) is experimenting and producing some fascinating work of differing styles of ‘light art’.