Tag Archive: light


Delicious Scenery And Cozy Worlds

Eszter Burghardt's Wooly Magma image from the Wooly Magma series

Eszter Burghardt's 'Wooly Magma' from the Wooly Saga series

Miniature landscapes again – I love them so.  Maybe it’s the incredible detail that people, such as Eszter Burghardt manage to create with unexpected materials like wool, felt and fuzz, such as in the Wooly Magma photograph above, or perhaps it’s the age old child-like conflict that means that far away things often seem so small.

The photographs that Eszter Burghardt creates, with both foodstuffs and fiber, appeal to senses we might not often associate with scenery – our sense of touch and our sense of taste.  It’s that, coupled with the beauty of natural landscapes that she’s recreated, and the desire to reach out and touch these little worlds, that appeals to me so much.  That, and I love volcanic scenes, and I am particularly curious as to how the under-lighting has been achieved!

Via NotCot.

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Marin Sawa's Algaerium photograph

Marin Sawa's Algaerium

I love this photograph – it’s Guan Lee’s shot of Marin Sawa’s Algaerium interior design project (seen over at Inhabitat).  I love the muted earthy tones with both a watery organic feeling, and brittle clean science fiction vibe.

It doesn’t hurt that algae are such a strange and wonderful kingdom of living curiousness.  Not animal, and in a different (but distantly related) biological category to plants – algae is different enough to be all on its own.

Then add in the fact some kinds can be eaten, some are fertilizer, some can be used as  biofuel, some efficiently scrub CO2 into oxygen for us to breathe (potentially in space) and some even glow.  Glow!

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Stars Within and Stars Without

Osoznanie Sebya 4 by Koutchma on Livejournal

By Koutchma on Livejournal

Spotted this wonderfully evocative photograph today on Otaku Gangsta (a Tumblr blog), and then for the next ten minutes went down the rambling rabbit hole trying to find the original source – there must be nearly half a dozen intermediary links between where I saw it, and the original post on Koutchma’s Livejournal posts!  (Includes more photographs of the same series, the last one involving concealed nudity.)

I’m personally not so keen on the people in the background, but I prefer the composition of the tall version of the photograph here, as opposed to the cropped, but clean-backgrounded version in Koutchma’s other post.

Beautiful photograph, very inspiring, especially to one who wanted to be an astronaut when they grew up.  I keep imagining that the light she’s looking into, is the bright light of the future – the stars we’ll one day be amongst.

Plans and Ideas for Lamp Making

Team Droid's inspirational crystal in a lightbulb

I intend to make myself a bedside lamp – so here’s the plan.  I’ll hollow out some lightbulbs, stuff them full of quartz crystal points, inelegantly shove some LEDs into drilled holes in the quartz, and attach it all using some painted gubbins onto a hollow wooden box with an arduino brain inside.  I’m still trying to hammer out the details.  My influences, and inspiration include the following:

I have the quartz points (ebay), I have two rather funky faceted light-bulbs from my local Home Depot (they look a little like diamond shaped bulbs), I’ve got the wooden box, a collection of strange copper fittings from the plumbing aisle, a rotary tool with brand new diamond coated bits (quartz is a 7 on the Moh hardness scale – very hard indeed!  I melted a steel bit on it.)  Ready to sit at the heart of it all, is a Arduino Uno experimenters kit from Sparkfun electronics.  Until I finish this, I have no bedside lamp – so wish me and my eyes luck!