SAVE THE DAY Commemoration Pictures
These one-off Heliograph pictures are produced using a portable large-scale Sunshine Recorder which can be erected anywhere, in any location.
The multi-media images that are placed into the device have sun-track lines scorched into them to produce a unique record of the time and place each recording is made and will vary in intensity depending on the location`s weather conditions. In this way, they produce a personal memory, symbolising Chance and Fate.
SAVE YOUR DAY
An important part of my art practice involves collaborative projects.
Over the years, these collaborations have involved notable scientists, musicians, dancers, gallery owners – for details go to the CV pages. The SAVE THE DAY Commemoration series offers YOU the chance to collaborate with me on the production of your own personalised unique Heliograph picture.
Previous participants have used this opportunity to commemorate special days such as: BIRTHDAYS; WEDDINGS; COMING OF AGE; ANNIVERSARIES; NEW YEAR`S DAY; MID SUMMER`S DAY; THE SPRING AND AUTUMN EQUINOX; GLOBAL EVENTS.
Each Heliograph in the slide show was produced using this process, with the coloured design, prior to being burned into, being produced in my Sussex studio. The surfaces behind the charred lines have been gilded to symbolise the Sun.
HOW IT`S DONE:
CHOOSE YOUR SIGNIFICANT DAY – any event that is important to you.
A few weeks before the day, I meet with you to discuss the location where you would like the recording to be made – this could be your garden, my studio, the grounds of your Reception Event, an area outside a church or other building, etc. Ideally, the location needs to face South with a good view of the sun as it tracks across the sky.
We will also discuss significant words, pictures or objects that you would like to be incorporated into the mono-coloured sun-shadow photograph. Some people have chosen things like: A picture of the church they will be getting married in; the sheet music for a special song; a poem; particular flowers that bloom around their birthday or other event; locks of hair; diagrams of stars and star-signs; a photograph of a special place. The choice is YOURS – we’ll discuss the layout together.
We’ll also discuss the size you’d like your finished artwork to be (normally A2 or A1), the style of frame and the type of gold leaf you would like your sun arc to be gilded with (normally 22ct mid-gold, but rose gold and white gold are available).
Although I will produce the original Cyanotype picture in my Sussex studio, my Sunshine Recording equipment is portable so that, on the day, the recorded sun arc can be made either at my studio or at your specified location. Watching the sun burn your arc provides a great talking point at an Event Reception.
To set up the recorder at a location other than my studio, I will need access to your chosen site 1-3 days prior to the Event. Provided this has been organised, there is no need for you to be there - although you`re welcome to come along to watch the process, should you wish.
Your unique Heliograph is taken back to my studio, varnished with an invisible protective layer, gilded and then framed.
The completed artwork is delivered to you within three weeks or, if you`d like a day out in the country, you can visit me in my studio and pick up your picture yourselves.
“WHAT HAPPENS IF THE SUN DOESN`T SHINE?”
Should the weather be really bad on the day of your event and there is no sun, there are several alternatives outlined through my website - www.charliehooker.co.uk