In his project Back to Light, photographer Caleb Charland created a unique and creative long-exposure photography experience using the illumination of fruit pieces.
The technique behind this project is simple yet tricky one. Caleb adds metal nails into the fruits or fruit pieces and connect these nails using a copper wire, the electrons move through the fruits and wire to create a small electric current similar to the batteries. This current can illuminate a small lightbulb that can be added at the end of the wire.
Using the long-exposure photography, the light and shadows around the fruits can produce a dramatic and creative photos.
The final effect vary based on the type of the fruit, the lightbulb placement, and how the elements are arranged together. Also opening the shutter speed for long time can help exposing more light from the source.
Caleb Charland used this technique to create different photographs with various styles as we will explore below with these examples of the Back to Light project.
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The first photography here consists of lemon slices that arranged together in a pattern and each lemon slice connects with the one next to it using the nail and copper wire.
The trick can be applied to liquid too. In this photo Caleb Charland created the long-exposure shot using number of glassware filled with vinegar.
This photograph uses the fruits in a solar system arrangement with the light in the middle to simulate the position of the sun. the wire here is longer and appears as the orbit of each fruit.
the lightbulb here get the electricity from fruits in the field. The stars in the sky appears as a trail while the shutter is open during the shot.
Here, the dramatic light comes from the position of the light source and its size. placing the light in the bottom of the apple matrix adds more contrast between them and the background.
In this shot, the nails and the wires are put into orang pieces and connected with the light source which is placed in the middle of the organ. The colors illumination and light arrangement produces unique experience.
This shot is more like a food photography yet the lightbulb is sourcing the electricity from the fruits on the table.
Here is another photograph using a live fruits on a tree. The light reflection on the wires give it more role in the the composition.
Unlike the photos above, the battery here is created using a metal coins.
Here is another slice illumination effect created with Grapefruit and Pomelo slices.