Light painting photo booth at maker faire Milwaukee went great, the kids really seemed to like it!  There was a line to the booth the entire weekend.  I took 400+ pictures in total.  You can view them all here:

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Light painting photo booth @ my sister’s wedding was a success!  View more pix here:


I’m working on a light painting photo booth for my sister’s wedding & maker faire milwaukee:

It uses a webcam with max/msp software I wrote that sums exposures, making the light painting viewable in realtime.  A radio frequency remote triggers image capture and reset.  For the final installation, a flash will also be available to illuminate people in their painting.

The software:maxpatch.png

Preliminary experiments:britjonlightpaint1britjonlightpaint9

With a fiber optic whip:britjonlightpaint2 copy.png

With my light painting stick: (this-

Below: sign I made out of el wire.FullSizeRender.jpg

The finished fresnel installation.



‘Flora and Fauna’ is an immersive artwork which juxtaposes microscopic images of excised invertebrate anatomy with scanning electron micrographs of plant material. The intricate invertebrate forms are laser cut out of Fresnel lenses and installed in layer after layer, each new layer distorting and magnifying the last. Peaking out from behind this ‘primordial soup’ of invertebrate fragments is a slowly morphing projection of a flower, magnified 30x with a scanning electron microscope.  The invertebrate forms warp and distort the light originating from the flower images in a manner that precisely conforms to the viewers’ own movement. The lenses are static but the light is dynamic, coupled to your gait, forcing you in relation. Inverted images of the flower surface sometimes show themselves on the surface of the invertebrate lenses, but soon vanish into colored light, unless you hold still enough. The flower surface is in fact projected onto another, larger, Fresnel lens, which forms a focal point behind the viewer. Rather then just scattering or passing light through, or even forming an image, this lens does what lenses do: it forms a focal point, which scientifically speaking, remaps the flower image into Fourier space. Visually this presents itself to us as a radially symmetric sunburst of varied light. While some traces of the original projected image remain, only by putting an additional lens in the path of this focal point can the original image be reconstructed- however I do not do this as I prefer not to reconstruct, but to remap, warp, distort.

It will be titled ‘flora and fauna’.fresnel_installation_april2017-14fresnel_installation_april2017-27.jpgfresnel_installation_april2017-11.jpg Below: The focal point forms behind the first lens. april_fresnel_documentation-1.JPGfresnel_installation_april2017-26.jpg


The breakthrough came when I put a second fresnel lens in front of the fresnel installation (below).  Having 2 lenses forms what’s called 4f system- and what happens is one can see fragments of the image of the projection on the surface of the laser cut invertebrate lenses.  This ‘image at the surface’ is highly tied to the viewers own movement, making it very immersive.  But in general the second lens just added an great effect to the piece, people engage with it much more with the 2nd lens in front.  april_fresnel_documentation-20.jpg


I made some laser cut fresnel algae forms inspired by Ernst Haeckel.  Rather then straightup tracing Haeckel, first I sketched out the image, then traced over my sketch, which added life and variability to the image.

haeckel.pngUntitled.jpgIt occurred to me that putting dark occluding amidst the fresnel installation could be cool:

I designed and 3d printed the middle object to add sculptural depth the the algae.  The one on the right is printed in colorfab HT clear filament, right is hatchbox abs painted metallic blue-green.IMG_0678


Some other ideas not yet realized, in the same vein:newart.png

Raw material for the the fresnel installation and earrings.IMG_9419.jpgIMG_0177.jpgIMG_9130.jpgIMG_8519.jpgIMG_9059.jpgIMG_9087.jpgIMG_8544.jpgIMG_9611.jpgIMG_0515.jpg

The latest in invertebrate-inspired fashion, now available on my etsy shop!:


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My laser cut ticks arrived!  They are made out of optical polarizing material and change transparency depending on the angle relative to each other.  I laid them out at random angles so should be pretty random when they’re black or not.  I’d like to put them on a vibrating platform so they are changing dynamically.  I had to outsource their production to for $$ because of ambiguity of what the material was (i.e. if it’s toxic and to laser cut).  Ponoko offers a laser cutting service for polarizing material, not sure who else would want to make use of it but glad I could- their material is also quite a bit thicker then the flimsy film I’m use to (wish I knew their supplier).  IMG_0560

Angle 1:IMG_0556

Angle 2 (same ticks):IMG_0547IMG_0540-1