Project Weed – Proof of concept

Having successfully borrowed a small fish tank (many thanks to Oliver Townend at Massey CoCA) I have been able to create a make-shift studio to do some quick ‘proof of concept’ tests.

The goal: To learn the behaviour of seaweed in a tank and determine if I can make the tank/water ‘disappear’ and for the arrangement look like it is not underwater.
The outcome: Not bad. See the results below.

Learnings:

  • By using flashes located to the side/top/behind the tank I am able to have great lighting control with minimal reflections and no heat.
  • Left for a few minutes the seawater (collected from across the road from the house) clears nicely – but left too long condensation forms on the glass.
  • Lots of crap floats off the weed etc – rinsing and cleanliness will be important if I am to avoid hours in Photoshop.
  • Bubbles do form on the inside of the glass and objects over time but are pretty easy to wipe off.
  • The seaweed seems pretty much neutrally buoyant as expected
  • The small tank (600 x 300 x 300) is very limiting. Only suitable for small seaweed. Certainly no good for anything like kelp.
  • I think this is going to work but “we’re going to need a bigger tank”.
  • I have shot colour but envisage that the final prints will be black and white.

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