Monday, July 07, 2008

The Grass is Literally Greener

I'm a sucker for all types of alternative processes especially when it comes to photography. (You may remember another post on photosynthesis and photography from way-back-when.) So I think these giant images made with grass are just terrific! Artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey created large panels of grass to act as the photographic paper, and in a darkened room projected a negative image onto the grass while it was growing. Here's an excerpt from the article:

“Ackroyd and Harvey stumbled onto this technique after producing an installation that involved covering an indoor wall with living grass,” he continues. “A ladder was leaning against the wall, and the artists noticed that even after it was removed, a faint outline of the ladder remained on the grass. They set about experimenting with ways of enhancing this effect, and soon they were using a slide projector as an artificial light source for growing their unique photographs. A typical exposure time is just over a week, with the image projected for 12 hours a day.”

Here's a photo from flickr user bowdie of some other grass images they created. Brilliant!

via Creative Review