Solargraphy Gallery

The Art and Science of Solargraphy

Solargraphy is an alternative photography process that uses homemade pinhole cameras and traditional light-sensitive black and white photo paper to capture very long exposures of the sun's movement across the sky. Over days, weeks, months and even years, a single image is constructed, revealing a view of space, time and weather patterns that we are otherwise not able to see. The exposed sun paths show a gradual day-to-day change due to the Earth's slightly elliptical orbit and its 23.4° axial tilt. The height of the paths is based on the latitude the image was made. Missing or broken paths are the results of periods when clouds have obscured the sun.

The colours are not a straight depiction of the scene but a consequence of the paper's chemical reactions to extreme overexposure and the influence of uncontrollable factors such as moisture, dirt or fungus that may have invaded the camera, as well as extreme temperature fluctuations. Additionally, each brand of photography paper has a different chemical makeup which results in a different colour scheme.

Due to the long exposure, the paper should not be developed as it would turn completely black, and using fixer will remove much of the colour. Instead, a high-quality flatbed scan is made of the "negative" even though the paper is still light sensitive. This means that the light from the scanner will degrade the image as it works its way across the paper. The image is then inverted, horizontally flipped, and colour and tonally processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Limited Edition Fine Art Prints

Immaculate Craftsmanship

The images above are available as handcrafted limited edition fine art photographic prints made using Epson's UltraChrome PRO10 Ink System and the best museum-grade photo papers available. The paper and ink combination results in stunning, rich prints with extraordinary presence and incredible depth and dimensionality. They promise to elevate any room.

Each piece is signed and editioned and includes a certificate of authenticity.

Fade Resistance / Print Longevity

The pigment-based inks feature industry-leading fade-resistance of up to 200 years for colour and 400 years for black and white, as tested by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. The papers used are Acid and lignin free, pH Buffered, and don't use optical brightening agents, meaning your prints will continue to look pristine for generations.

My Guarantee

It is impossible to fully convey the look and feel of the actual photograph on a computer screen. Physical prints have to be seen in person to appreciate their beauty and subtle detail fully. I guarantee if you are not completely happy with your purchase, you can return it for a complete refund.

Ordering Prints

On the top right of each gallery thumbnail page is an orange Inquire About Prints button. Clicking it will open a form for you to fill out. I will respond with information about available print sizes, edition numbers, costs, etc. Alternatively, I'm happy to speak with you on the phone at +1 647-220-6578.