Capturing Time: The Mesmerizing Journey of Solargraph Cameras

Capturing the Sun’s Path: Exploring Solargraphy through Art, Science, and Chaos

Solargraph cameras are simple devices that use a piece of black and white photographic paper sealed inside a cylinder with a tiny pin hole. These cameras are then placed in a secure location and left undisturbed for days, weeks, or even months at a time to capture the movement of the Sun. The duration of time the camera is left to record is determined by the photographer, with options ranging from capturing a single day to an entire season. Experts recommend leaving the camera from solstice to solstice as the optimal timeframe.

Three solargraph cameras were set up on the roof of The Weather Network in Oakville, ON between June 21 and December 21, 2023. Painted both inside and out in black to reduce reflections, these cameras were positioned facing south to track the Sun’s movement across the sky. It’s important to choose the location of the camera wisely as its appearance may make it susceptible to being taken or damaged if left in a public space.

While in place, sunlight passes through the pin hole creating a line of exposure on the photographic paper whenever the Sun shines. The Earth’s movement along its orbit causes the Sun’s path to shift approximately 1 degree each day resulting in a distinct line added to the image daily except when clouds block

Solargraph cameras are simple devices that use a piece of black and white photographic paper sealed inside a cylinder with a tiny pin hole. These cameras are then placed in a secure location and left undisturbed for days, weeks, or even months at a time to capture the movement of the Sun. The duration of…

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