Rob Turney
Rob Turney, Refractograph, 2015, Refraction and reflection of light through glass manually coloured and captured over a long exposure photograph, 170 cm x 80 cm (approx.)

Rob Turney

I capture the patterns of light produced by the refraction and reflection of light as it passes through everyday household objects – in this case a beer glass.

The light patterns, or optical caustics, are projected directly onto a DSLR camera sensor without a lens attached. My technique involves using coloured gels to manually colour and control the image over a long photographic exposure, usually from between 5 to 15 seconds. I am continually evolving the method though experimentation and innovation.

Different household objects produce completely different patterns and changing the angle of the object by a few degrees will change the composition dramatically. Each capture is unique and demonstrates the abstract and complex nature of light.

Through the use of common household objects I attempt to connect the everyday with the phenomenon of light, demonstrating how light is an essential part of our lives.

Rob Turney is a photographer born in Bath, England. Rob works predominately with light as a sculptural medium and uses the photographic process to capture his work.

Over recent years, Rob has exhibited his work in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Paris and Spain. His work was exhibited at UNESCOs headquarters, Paris, to support the opening of UNESCO’s International Year of Light (2015).

Rob is a member and local representative of the Light Painting World Alliance and the Image Chasers photographic collective. He lives and works in Melbourne.


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