Experimental Philosopher Plans To Take 1000 Year Long Exposure Of Holyoke Mountains

Apr 27, 2015

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Experimental Philosopher Plans To Take 1000 Year Long Exposure Of Holyoke Mountains

Apr 27, 2015

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1000-year-photoBe sure to mark your calendars, in the year 3015, the world’s longest exposure may or may not exist. In what may be one of the most ambitious photographs taken to date, writer/experimental philosopher/conceptual artist, Jonathon Keats, has designed and constructed a pinhole camera which he says will allow him to take a 1,000 year long exposure.

The camera is constructed from copper, which is known for resilience to corrosion. The pinhole was drilled through a 24-karat gold plate that will project the exposure onto rose madder, an organic based paint that will serve as the “film”. Keats adapted the rose madder technique from the Renaissance era–no processing is required, the image can be viewed simply by opening the camera and looking inside.

The camera is set to be installed on Stearns Steeple, located on the Amherst College campus in Massachusetts. The camera is currently on display in the nearby Mead Art Museum, who have already committed to displaying the image in year 3015 assuming humans still populate the plant and are able to retrieve the camera and reveal it’s work. And, speaking of work, Keats admits he has no idea if the camera will function as anticipated.

A 1000 year photograph is already underway in Tempe, Arizona. Here's the camera that's taking it.
A 1000 year photograph is already underway in Tempe, Arizona. Here’s the camera that’s taking it.

He told the Daily Mail:

“I’m well overstating the case for these cameras. I realize (it) may seem like a supreme act of egotism. It’s probably also an extreme act of naivety on my part. But I think you just have to give it a try.”

Keats has already installed a 1,000 year camera in Tempe, Arizona. Take a look at the following video to listen to some of Keats’ thoughts and motivations behind the project.

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[ via The Daily Mail ]

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9 responses to “Experimental Philosopher Plans To Take 1000 Year Long Exposure Of Holyoke Mountains”

  1. Theo Kyrillidis Avatar
    Theo Kyrillidis

    That’s one way to leave a legacy and be remembered for a millennium f**k-up.

    1. عبدالرحمن مصطفى Avatar
      عبدالرحمن مصطفى

      and to get a full white image :P (overexposed)

    2. Theo Kyrillidis Avatar
      Theo Kyrillidis

      Yes, that’s what I was implying.

  2. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    He is making the assumption we will still be here in a thousand years…

  3. Michael Chastain Avatar
    Michael Chastain

    That moment when you finally go to check your photo, and realize you left the lens cap on…

  4. TByte Avatar
    TByte

    Revised headline:
    EXPERIMENTAL PHILOSOPHER COMES UP WITH 1 YEAR LONG PLAN TO INCREASE HIS PUBLIC EXPOSURE

  5. Shachar Weis Avatar
    Shachar Weis

    I would love to know more about the ‘camera’, alas, no real information in the article.

  6. Ron Abbate Avatar
    Ron Abbate

    Seems like such nonsense. It will be a blurry mish mosh of junk that looks like nothing (Mondern Art!). So many variables, hopefully that building is still there. Hopefully in the next 1,000 years the lucky owner of that building has no desire to do any kind of construction where that camera is.

  7. Léronki Leonard Avatar
    Léronki Leonard

    Try for 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, then 1 year to see results, then go from there.