This dream-like picture

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This dream-like picture shows each phase of the sun over Bristol’s Clifton Suspension Bridge taken during half a year.

The image was captured on a pin-hole camera made from an empty soda can with a 0.25mm aperture and a single sheet of photographic paper.

Photographer Justin Quinnell strapped the camera to a telephone pole overlooking the Gorge, where it was left between December 19, 2007 and June 21, 2008–the Winter and Summer solstices. (That’s a 15,552,000 second exposure.)

‘Solargraph’ shows six months of the sun’s luminescent trails and its subtle change of course caused by the earth’s movement in orbit. The lowest arc being the first day of exposure on the Winter solstice, while the top curves were captured mid-Summer.
(Dotted lines of light are the result of overcast days when the sun struggled to penetrate the cloud.)

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    you can almost see a hidden image in the sun lines


    It’s Jesus!

    Super Loco



    Why are there no car lights? I assumed there would be a stream of lights across the bridge.


    Not when the sun’s out!


    The “camera” wasn’t only taking exposure during the day, it was out there continuously being exposed for months. Day AND night.


    car lights are not bright enough. this is a 6 month exposure. not several seconds, minutes, hours, days or weeks. this is months. and the brightest object in the image is the sun… the sun will ruin 99.999% of pictures if it is prominent in the frame.

    you will not see any moving fast moving objects. the sun barely registers. if a person were in the frame, they would have to sit perfectly still for days in order to be even remotely recognizable.


    this is awesome.