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The Art of Photography => Discussing Photographic Styles => Topic started by: elliot_n on January 07, 2019, 06:01:30 am

Title: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: elliot_n on January 07, 2019, 06:01:30 am
The sound mirrors of Britain a typology by Joe Pettet-Smith, executed in the Becher's style:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-46348917
Title: Re: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 07, 2019, 07:22:06 am
Interesting (defense) concept. Photography, not so much.
Title: Re: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: Eric Myrvaagnes on January 07, 2019, 08:26:09 am
Interesting (defense) concept. Photography, not so much.
+1.
Title: Re: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: elliot_n on January 07, 2019, 10:25:30 am
I like the pictures (and the captions). A very British typology, avoiding the grandiosity of the Dusseldorf school. (I suspect the Bechers would have advised the artist not to bother.)

Yet as every aspiring typologist knows, Flickr has always already been there and done that:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/soundmirrors/pool/page1

Title: Re: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 07, 2019, 10:43:23 am
... A very British typology...

Funny you said that. My initial draft contained a reference to the thing being oh, so British, like trainspotting, but then I deleted it in fear it might derail the thread :)
Title: Re: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: Rob C on January 07, 2019, 11:50:18 am
In a thousand years, if those things survive, extraterrestrial explorers will think them part and parcel of an ancient religious belief system.

That's how it works: just like art galleries!

;-)
Title: Re: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: Slobodan Blagojevic on January 07, 2019, 11:56:22 am
In a thousand years, if those things survive, extraterrestrial explorers will think them part and parcel of an ancient religious belief system...

OMG, that's what the Stonehenge was for? Detecting approaching armies rumble? ;)
Title: Re: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: Telecaster on January 07, 2019, 04:34:13 pm
The Mo'ai of their time.  :D

On our 1967 summer visit to Scotland and England I brought along a pair of baseball-sized rubber balls so my cousins & I could play catch (and, as it turned out, rounders). During a day-trip including a stop at such a sound mirror, my cousin John & I spent a good amount of time trying to work out how we could stand equidistant from it, throw a ball at the concave part and so play catch without the ball touching the ground. We never consistently succeeded. (There are photos of this too, but my cousin has 'em.)

-Dave-
Title: Re: Sound mirrors, a typology
Post by: Rob C on January 07, 2019, 05:30:53 pm
The Mo'ai of their time.  :D

On our 1967 summer visit to Scotland and England I brought along a pair of baseball-sized rubber balls so my cousins & I could play catch (and, as it turned out, rounders). During a day-trip including a stop at such a sound mirror, my cousin John & I spent a good amount of time trying to work out how we could stand equidistant from it, throw a ball at the concave part and so play catch without the ball touching the ground. We never consistently succeeded. (There are photos of this too, but my cousin has 'em.)

-Dave-




Gregory House, the doctor, is quite good at catching balls bounce from parts of his office. I think it helps
settle his mind and concentrate on higher things - or the script.

Rob