My name’s Patrick Boyd.
I’m hoping to win you over to the art of holography.
Across the world a recent holography renaissance is turning into a growing movement of enthusiasts, artists and collectors.
And I want to set up my own lab to create new holograms and train a new generation of holographers here in Wales.
Here’s why you should get involved.
If you’re under 30 you might not have heard of holography. If you’re over 40 you’ve maybe forgotten about it.
A creative scene took off in the 80s but struggled against the relentless advance of digital technology from the 90s. Until now. It’s coming back.
And here are three reasons why:
- The world’s changing. We want to get physical again. Analogue is in!
- The technology’s changing. We can use stereograms and new software packages for ever more creative work
- The market’s responding: We want the art in our collections
Holography isn’t just back. All the ingredients for new creative and commercial holography scene are here. So let’s make it happen.
How Does It Work?
You make holograms by splitting a laser beam into two and merging them back together. The end result uses the interference of both beams to create light that can deliver depth, time & motion. It is, in effect, the art of sculpting with light that requires a mixture of vision and hands on work.
Today I'm working more with stereograms (holography that originates in photographic footage) thanks ro recent advancements in both software and hardware. The process involves taking a sequence of stereoscopic images and creating holograms of each one. The result works like a wonderful, high-tech flick book with the illusion of 3-D
Back in the 80s and 90s I created some of the world’s most famous holograms. Take a look at some of them here.
And I’ve trained holography students in London, New York and Tokyo. You can see some of them at work here.
I’ve been waiting on the right moment to return to holography. The time is now. I want to create new works, to meet demand from collectors, and start training the next generation of artists and enthusiasts.
Creating holograms is technical, artistic and fun. It’s an intricate, visual process that delivers a rich artistic experience that goes beyond the limits of photography, film and computer generated images.
It’s a process that appeals to professionals and amateurs. The courses, tailored to the skills of the student will show:
Learn the theory of holography and sign off by making your first single beam reflection hologram.
Get stuck into single beam holograms, Shadowgrams and get to grips with a Michelson Interferometer.
Build your own stereogram as well as 2 master and transfer holograms
Whether your goal is fun or finding a niche in the creative scene then the courses will help you achieve your goal.
Who’d be keen? I will be offering courses for:
Artists who believe that holography would add to their working practice and are ready to make a name in an evolving niche.
Enthusiasts who like making stuff and want to find out how holograms are made: a unique, hands-on art form that fuses virtual and real worlds (and doesn’t just mean staring at a computer screen)
We will to create a lab that combines the two things a holographer needs: technology and expertise.
Core holography technology is a £2500 investment
Upgrading to latest specs will require £2,000
Innovative elements like a new laser for bigger works needs £4,000
I need the investment to create the optimum holography experience for both my new planned works and the courses I plan to run.
As I have reached my goal, I feel I should clarify what I will spend any excess funds on.
What we have raised so far is the minimum to get this project off the ground. The purchase of the lab, The transportation of the equipment and the the preparation of the basement to take the lab (new floor, electrics, damp proofing, darkroom sink etc).
On the horizon are several key necessary investments.
1) Gear size up to make 30x40cm holograms. (involves purchasing a larger plate holder and collimating mirror or lens)
2) purchase of equipment to automate the making of stereograms.
3) possible laser upgrades.
With your KickStart help you can help restore and remaster holography as we pass on unique skills into a new technology landscape to create a stunning new generation of holographic art and also make amazing new artworks!
Why it’s worth believing in?
I found it quite strange being at his recent retrospective exhibition at Gallery 286 London, People were oohing & ahhhing over stuff that I had made donkey's years ago. Could I get the same response from a photo? I think not.
Risks and challenges
We’ve been here before
We’ve been creating and teaching holography for decades. It’s not a speculative venture
There are many risks in this project it is true. Will the public like my new work? I suppose you could just say, well they used to so, they are likely to again. I have already been offered two shows, one in London & one in The United States on the strength of my proposal and previous output. Will I be able to get the materials I need? Agfa stopped making materials for holography some 18 years ago but artists have managed to overcome this by making the materials themselves and also some micro film producers have sprung up. Traditional optical holography has yet to be surpassed in delivering images of a magical quality and I don't think it will ever go away.
The support I have received from the holographic community since I announced that I was returning to the fold has been incredible with fantastic letters of support. I have already received loan from the from the Arts Council Wales so the purchase of a lab is definitely going ahead, and a number of potential students!
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank them all and in particular
Jonathan Ross @ Gallery 286 for his continued support.
also, Lou Zona @ The Butler Museum of American Art.
The Arts Council of Wales & Rod Murray for offering the equipment in the first place.
- (30 days)