UCL Observatory, Mill Hill, London, 9 May 2016 At the observatory as an artist-in-residence it was thrilling to witness the transit of Mercury. Mercury is seen as a tiny black dot crossing the vast majestic red sun, our nearest star. My photograph was taken outside with a Sony compact camera through H-alpha filter on the Solarscope.
Dancing with Sirius: lines of light(series of prints and artist book, 2013)
In the high altitude of the Chilean Andes, the cloudless sky revealed a dazzling canopy of stars as night fell over the Atacama Desert, a stargazer’s paradise. Standing on the summit of the aptly named Cerro Tololo, ‘mountain in front of the abyss’, and surrounded by the imposing white observatories in the dark cold atmosphere, there was one star that captivated me – Sirius – the brightest star in the night sky, and visible in both southern and northern hemispheres. Hypnotised by its brightness and movement I spent most of the night with a handheld camera intent on following this one dominant star. The random choreographic gestures of my arms, like drawing in the air, created lines of light, ephemeral ghost-like threads danced across the sky as each one became suspended in time in my camera. Artist book: 48 pages; 160 x 210 cm; 28 photographs; edition of 30; produced by Book Works, London