I enjoyed taking some photographs at Kit Martin’s ‘Skyward’ sessions at the Gateway in St Andrews today. Visitors tried out both making cyanotypes and experiencing VR and 360 degree images (mostly for the first time). I was very impressed by the helpfulness of everyone involved. I think all had a very interesting, informative and entertaining experience!
I ran another one day ‘Introduction to Video Production’ workshop at work today. This was similar to the initial training I’ve given to undergraduate students on the ‘Recording the Past‘ module. Today however the class was mostly made up of budding filmmakers from the ranks of staff and postgraduate students. The session was organised with Mhairi Stewart, the University’s Public Engagement Officer as part of her initiative to offer a variety of engagement related skills training to staff and postgraduates.
Thanks especially to Daryl Haynes from Media Services for his invaluable assistance in class, and to Mike Mulreany for his cameo as ‘the man from Auntie’, but most of all to Mhairi, Iain, Vincent, Jess, Alina, Ona, and Will for taking part – it was lovely to see you all for what was a very enjoyable workshop.
Looking like a strange spikey Telstar, here are a few shots from the video studio showing sculptor Cavan Convery’s hard-won (all hands to the Marvin’s Medium!) rendering of a complex multi faceted sphere designed by renaissance genius Daniele Barbaro over four hundred and fifty years ago. As far as I know, this is the first time in all those centuries that this specific form has been realised as a three dimensional object.
The model has been produced for use in a short video I’m making for Laura Moretti about her success in developing an exciting book exhibition following her work on Barbaro.
Cool stuff from the desktop of my friend and colleague, sculptor Cavan Convery today.
Cavan has been building this fascinating paper model from the designs of Venetian Renaissance genius Daniele Barbaro. It’s being made as part of a short video I’m making for Laura Moretti about her success in developing an exciting book exhibition following her work on this pioneering figure.
OK, it’s not a ‘death star’ but one of Barbaro’s many explorations of how to realise three dimensional forms. And the finished model will be about 23cm (9″) in diameter, rather than something south of 150km. But still, it is real, and it is a physical realisation of a design made about four-hundred-and-fifty years ago – as far as I know it may be the first – and, to my eyes at least, a thing of beauty!
Prof Vincent Janik is now the Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the East Sands in St Andrews. The job brings plenty of responsibilities along with it, but also some exciting new opportunities. I noticed when I was looking at his profile the other day that the portrait image had obviously been selected in something of a hurry, so I suggested I should pop down to the East Sands and quickly shoot something a little more human.
Very quick shoot, not much time to guddle about. Grey day, so fill-in flash with a shoot-through, 50mm prime. Don’t think I took more than ten or fifteen minutes out of Vincent’s busy day. Result – not high art (not called for), but human, I hope!
I was happy able to help Ben Moorehouse sort out a vlog page for Geobus’s website the other day. Geobus is a fantastic project from Earth Sciences at the University of St Andrews. The bus and the team visit secondary schools in all educational authorities around Scotland with teaching packages covering broad areas of Earth Science aimed at supporting STEM subject teaching generally, and highlighting career opportunities in Earth Sciences and other STEM subjects.
Here’s a taster vlog post from a couple of episodes back. The vlog is here.
Interesting video recce in the St Andrews University Special Collections stacks yesterday – think that section of the library in Harry Potter where the books are so precious they are chained to the shelves, but add in superb climate control. Amazing things! If that peaks your interest, today I noticed that he University Library Special Collections Division will be hosting a series of Show and Tell events this semester affording staff, students and the public a chance to see a selection of items from our manuscript, rare book and photographic collections.
The first Show and Tell will be on Wednesday the 17th February at 2pm on the topic of ‘Preserving the history, presenting the iconic’: Golf in the Special Collections Division. This will be held in the New Park Seminar Room in Martyrs Kirk Research Library, North Street. More about this… Special Collections Show and Tell – Feb-May