A Cosmopolitan Cosmology

This is a collaborative arts project based on Sherkin Island, West Cork, Ireland.
From June 21 2009 - December 21 2009 we used pinhole cameras to record solargraph images on the islands of Roaring Water Bay and its environs. Cameras were distributed among the Sherkin Diaspora reaching far and wide. This blog documents the process and solargraphs created. For current work please see my website

some solargraphs

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Camera Update

We have just started to process cameras and the following analog images are now posted on the blog next to their digital counterparts.
Camera 020 Sherkin
Camera 028 Sherkin
Camera 034 Waterford
Camera 043 Wicklow
Camera 049 France 
Camera 054 Baltimore
Camera 069 Dunmanway

Camera 073 Cork
Camera 080 Cork
Camera 081Dublin
Camera 084 Baltimore 
Camera 085 Cork County 

Camera 091 County Cork
Camera 092 Cork
Camera 093 Tipperary

Camera 098 Cork County

Camera 100 Holland
Camera 104 Dunmanway
Camera 105 Limerick
Camera 106 Co Clare 
Camera 107 Waterford 

Camera 132 Heir Island
Camera 133 Heir Island

Camera 167 & 168 Dublin
Camera 169 Cork 

Camera 172 Cape Clear Island
Camera 173 Cape Clear Island
Camera 176 Cape Clear Island 
Camera 179 Cape Clear

Camera 180 Cape Clear
Camera 182 Cape Clear
Camera 183 Cape Clear

Camera 184 Cape Clear
Camera 185 Baltimore

Camera 202 Limerick
Camera 203 Spain 
Camera 205  Bandon
Camera 206 Baltimore 
Camera 212 Baltimore 
Camera 217 Port of Cork
Camera 219 Baltimore 

Camera 220 Sherkin
Camera 223 Skibbereen
Camera 224 Baltimore
Camera 225 Sherkin
Camera 228 Baltimore

Camera 235 Sherkin

Camera 236 Sherkin
Camera 239 Sherkin

Camera 242 Sherkin
Camera 247 Baltimore

Camera 251 Sherkin
Camera 255 Sherkin
Camera 257 Sherkin 

Camera 260 Sherkin
Camera 261 Sherkin 
Camera 263 Sherkin
Camera 265 Sherkin 
Camera 267 Sherkin
Camera 268 Cork
Camera 269 Baltimore 

Camera 272 Port of Cork 
Camera 274 Port of Cork

Camera 275 Baltimore 
Camera 279 Port of Cork 

Camera 282  Milan, Italy

Camera 105 Limerick

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This exposure was started on 25th June 2009 - I have no other information.

Camera 202 Limerick

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Camera placed in position on June 24th and taken down sometime before Christmas 2009. I don't have any digital images with which to compare.

Camera 239 Sherkin 21 06 2009 - 21 12 2009

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I know I have digital images to go with this analog one, I just have to find them.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Camera 263 - Barrack Point , Sherkin Island 21 - 06 - 2009 21-12-2009

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Camera 236 Barrack Point , Sherkin Island 21-06-2009 21-12-2009

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Camera 220 Horseshoe Harbour, Sherkin Island

Wow I am so happy the image sent to me by MS is superb. It is looking south west from Horseshoe Harbour on Sherkin Island, West Cork, Ireland, onto the Atlantic Ocean. The image captures the six months from June 21 2009 to December 21 2009 - you can see clearly the recent remarkable clear bright sunshine weather conditions. Brilliant!

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The image was captured using a coffee tin pinhole camera taped to a post.

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This is a digital image of Horseshoe Harbour taken on 21/12/2009

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Return of the Cameras

I have over 40 cameras back now. Ssome will never be returned as they were lost in the post, opened by customs, opened by recipients or vandalised in situ.

I have a few more to collect here and there, and then will just have to hope that people send the rest back by post or by hand.

Some of the cameras have a lot of water in them, so the next task is to dry them out throughly before processing them.

Camera 228 Baltimore

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Winter Solstice 2009

Over 30 cameras collected yesterday. It was a great day. We are having a really cold spell so the bonfire on the beach at sunset was a great way to finish the day.

From 2009 Solstice

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice 2009

Today is the Winter Solstice, so after six months we will collect our remaining cameras. Some of the cameras haven't survived - but those that have look in good condition, so I am hopeful that we will get some images from them.

It is really cold and frosty - very unusual for our seaside location, so later this afternoon we will light a bonfire to illuminate us on this the shortest day of the year.

THANK YOU to everyone involved for all your support.

From 2009 Solstice

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is approaching fast and will occur this year at 17:47 on 21st December..so that can mean only one thing it's time to take down the pinhole cameras, placed all those months ago.

Can you believe all the things that have happened in the last 6 months? What were some of your highs and lows ... personal, political, musical, ...whatever.

Now I don't expect that everyone will take down their cameras on that the 21st, but it would be great if you could take it down and post it back before Christmas.

If your camera is gone missing don't worry - as the line goes, ... there it was ..gone!

Before you take down the camera, take a good look at it. I think it is remarkable that this little can will have been constantly recording the passage of time at the particular place in which it has been sited. Perhaps you could take a photo of the can in it's weather beaten state and of the changed vista at which it is pointing.

1. Cover the aperture with some opaque electrical tape and release the camera from it's bindings.

2. If you can hear water inside the can try and keep it as upright as possible as otherwise the water will be washing over the surface of the negative.In Ireland we have had the wettest November in decades with heavy flooding causing chaos.

3. A day or two inside in the hot press will allow the water to evaporate. If the hot press is a dark space the aperture can remain open to assist with evaporation. Just remember to cover it again when posting.

4.If you are in a hurry just skip step 2 & 3 - we should still get some sort of image

5. Please post the camera back with your name, email address and the location of where the camera was sited.

Lios na Si
Church Strand
Co. Cork

When we get the cameras, then it's our turn on the Island to start processing the negatives - we will email you the image ...as long as you have sent a return email address and continue working on the images throughout the Spring. If you want to be involved in this last part..even remotely by skype ... let us know

The Islanders are cut off from the mainland as I write this...huge winds this weekend, making ferry crossing unsafe.

The December Solstice Explained

The December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, it is when the North Pole is tilted 23.5 degrees away from the sun. Depending on the Gregorian calendar, the December solstice occurs annually on a day between December 20 and December 23. On this date, all places above a latitude of 66.5 degrees north are now in darkness, while locations below a latitude of 66.5 degrees south receive 24 hours of daylight.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Meeting Dan Reilly

From Artist in teh Community 2009

I met with Dan today to catch up on where we are going with the project. We both agreed a number of measures which mean that the project will be extended by an additional 6 months. We will start back in earnest after Christmas once the cameras start coming back.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

we are in touch

I am very happy that Diego Lopez Calvin from Madrid has requested a camera to participate in the project. Diego along with Pawel Kula and Slawomir Decyk originated the technique of solargraphy which is documented on The Solaris Project website. I had sent a camera to him in June, but it got lost in the post, but he has one now, just in time for the Autumn equinox.

He signed off his email 'we are in touch' and for me that really says it all about this project in so many different ways.

Monday, September 7, 2009

virtual and physical connections

The can cameras are spreading far and wide now. Locally based author Orlaith O'Sullivan wrote about this project on her blog and as a result 5 more cameras are winging there way to locations in Ireland and Europe. Thanks Orlaith!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Camera 085 Lisheen

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The image is water damaged so sun tracks are faint.

From June 27 2009

From June 27 2009