Found on the Web: Art Camera Extreme

Recently at the store we have been pursuing what I classify as “Art Cameras, Lite”  We are using existing cameras and have been refurbishing them with interesting new materials and finishes, it has caught the interest of a few of our customers with one of our regulars, Theirry Martin, taking up the challenge himself.

Admitedly our “refurbs” are just a change of window dressing and details, and not built from scratch like the camera shown here.  I can appreciate the complexity and technical skill required to make a camera like the one shown here.  But I will say that none of us has tried anything as elaborate and…well down right scary.  This camera is simultaneously, moderately disgusting, and intriguing, and beautiful to behold.

Designed as a statement of medical stainless reality as much as technical manufacturing and artistic skill, the camera above uses human blood as a 25a red filter to photograph through.  If that wasn’t shocking enough, the artist has inserted HIV tainted blood to add meaning to his photographs.

Below is quoted from the artist website, Boy of Blue Industries:

“Untouchable (HIV Camera)”

“Designed to study and photograph a geographic comparison of people suffering from HIV.

4″x5″ camera made from Aluminium, Copper, Titanium, Acrylic and HIV positive blood. The blood pumps through the camera then in front of the pinhole and becomes my #25 red filter. Designed to shoot a geographic comparison of people suffering from HIV.”


Obviously its a shocking camera, meant to evoke very strong emotional response to its use and its resulting images.  I applaud this artists guile and skill at not only conceiving and building this camera, but to go out and doing a socio-anthropological photo project with it.  Not only are the photos from it haunting (see below), but the camera and the process of making the photos have a very important and oft overlooked message.

As photographers, we often wish to separate ourselves from the view we capture, to make us an unfettered and impartial observer to reality.  I have always felt this was an illusion.  Artists and Photographers, by their nature, are involved intimately with their subjects, whether they want to admit it or not.  Photographers “take” photographs.  Here is a rare instance where the artist is willing to literally endanger himself every time he photographs with his camera.  He has invoked what seems to be the visceral ghostly inferences of Francis Bacon to his images while using this rather dangerous camera.

As a “Camera Artist” and Photographer, his other creations are no less simultaneously intriguing and disturbing.  As promised here are a few images from his site from the camera seen above:


~ by windsorphotooutfitters on April 20, 2010.

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