Several 35mm film roll containers were easily converted to pinhole cameras, loaded with a tiny snippet of photographic paper, and finally injected – through the help of several syringes and lots of patience – with differently contaminated liquids that I found in the huge repertoire of chemicals and experiments of the Laboratory.
Deep-frozen over night, the tiny cameras exposed their glacial contents through the spot light of a traditional photographic enlarger for about 10 minutes.
Below are the first two subtle fingerprints (at least without any uninvited guests!) of todays 45 minutes condensation experiments described in an earlier post. The first airy exposure faces towards the wall, the second the window front.
The first series of experiments concerned with the revelation of the odic fingerprint uses water condensation. The set up still needs to be refined though, but below you can get a rough insight of the experimental situation: Pinhole Camera, studio light, cooking ring, water, a pan and a very provisional see-through condensation enclosure.
While condensation slowly fills the air with its tiny water drops, emphasized through the studio lighting, the camera captures with an exposure of 45 minutes (still too little time, as the subtle result has shown) the odic fingerprint of the atmosphere.
They destroy the clumsy tools of their crime; they hide away the knife, the bludgeon; they sop up the blood, they throw it the jemmy, the dead man, the suffocated poor infant, into the ditch, the pool- and they leave intact the odic negative, the photograph of their sin, the thought thing in the air! He would tap his yellow brow significantly.
Here upon this sensitive sensitive plate I reproduce it, the hanging evidence! The headless child is buried in the garden, but the thought of the beheader is left to lie about. I pick it up.(..) What an art is the art of the odic photograph.
My latest experiments playfully try to reveal the odic fingerprint in reference to the above quoted odic negative: Long time observations through the pin eye of my newly built camera and direct exposures onto/off the surrounding atmosphere made visible through smoke, steam, condensing water, fire and ice.
Above is one of the first results. A 45 minutes recording of boiling water, patiently condensing and water brushing its tiny drops into the air.
Unfortunately, an uninvited guest has set himself just in front of the film holder and covered 3/4 of the image. I will never know what is hiding behind it. Still, the visible result is intriguing. I am looking forward to publish further airy experiments and their respective results soon!
Below – and above – are the results of my recent experiments in Peenemuende, mentioned in an earlier post. Several pieces of photographic paper hidden in the sand and under water for 30 minutes without any light protection.
Photographic paper is a rather patient absorber, and therefore very suitable for these kind of experiments, as it is not as sensitive as fellow film materials. In the thought-o-grahical context of these experiments, light has a double purpose. On one hand it naturally exposes all light sensitive materials and on the other hand it acts as a carrier of something that I will call creatures of thought (whatever these creatures of thought might be and wherever they might come from and whatever they might tell me), I will maybe never know. It is also not important.
The inclusion of light in these experiments allows or even enables these creatures of thought to be absorbed and/or reflected and finally revealed throughout chemical processing on the very photographic paper.
In my earlier thought-o-graphic experiments where light was strictly excluded during the entire process, I was (and still am) concerned with objects or subjects that reflect their specific memory, history, feelings, atmosphere, thought forms etc.. onto the photographic paper. Most of the time in direct contact, the object or subject emits or transmits, the paper absorbs.
In both cases the sensitive layer acts as a revelation or mirror of the presence of these alleged emissions or respectively creatures of thought.
PS: Drawing with light, reflection and absorbation, creatures of thought
During the latest trip to Peenemuende I did two new thoughtographic experiments. Continuing recent experiments including light and using it as some kind of thoughtographic carrier, i buried – without any light protection – photographic paper in the sand and partly under water > see above images. (Thank you Mr. PF). Exposure time until recollection was 30 minutes and afterwards they got stored in light tight containers until final processing.
Thoughts are things, Mr. Coram. If I might spend a night here – upon the very spot of floor where the poor conway fell – I could from the surrounding atmosphere (it is a sensitive plate) recover a picture of the thing in his mind – indicating Conway – at the last! (…)
What is it, continued the weird old man, but the odic force, the ether – say it how you please – which carries the wireless message, the lightening? It is a huge, subtile sensitive plate. Inspiration, what you call bad luck and good luck – all are but refelections from it. The supreme thought preceding death is imprinted on the surrounding atmosphere like a photograph. I have trained this to reproduce those photographs!
Excerpt from The Dream Detective, 1925 by Sax Rohmer, Double Day Edition