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A dream ten years in the making. A week-long venture to Nevada. A 4-minute eclipse. The images of a lifetime.

What is Annulus: Ring of Light?

A dream began in the fall of 2002. As he sat in his high school science class, Christopher Barry learned of a solar eclipse to happen in May 2012. Now, his longtime dream to witness this celestial phenomenon is coming to a head.

Annulus: Ring of Light is a documentary/photobook of the journey he and photographer/videographer Erik Judson take from Anchorage, Alaska to Lunar Crater National Natural Monument in Nevada.

Home to one of the darkest night skies in the country, the site has been described as so dark, "the Milky Way casts a shadow," by one observer. Using this unique location, Erik will chronicle the  journey he and Christopher take to reach a partial (annular) eclipse on May 20. Afterwards, he will use the opportunity to take once-in-a-lifetime photographs of the night sky.

A combined astrophotography/documentary project, Annulus will tell the story of this journey through video, time lapse, and photography throughout.

What am I funding?

This funding will allow me to purchase a full spectrum infrared/ultraviolet conversion for one of my cameras, a still/video dslr to shoot updates, and a wide-aperture lens for better astrophotography.

What can I expect from the documentary?

With a large array of cameras available to both the both of us, we will use a combination of digital, traditional (film-based), and time lapse photography.

Combined with the real-time footage of interviews and our own interactions, the documentary will compile the time-lapse videos of our drive to and from the site, the solar eclipse, and the night sky for a couple nights following the eclipse.

The documentary is expected to run approximately 45 minutes-1 hour. 

What about the photo book?

With the sheer number of photos to be taken (approximately 10 rolls of film), multiple medium- and large-format photographs, and the digital cameras, I will select the best photographs I can find, and create a book from them.

It will be hardcover and at least 30 photographs will be included.

Who is involved in this project?

  • Erik Judson is a Journalism and Public Communications Major at the University of Alaska Anchorage. With an emphasis in media production, he will work to tell the story of the eclipse in a visually appealing way.
  • Christopher Barry is a Photography Major at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Specializing in film cameras of all kinds (35mm, medium format, and large format [4"x5"]), Chris will be attempting to create large scale prints for his own uses.

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