‘Lensless’ Photography – 30 Amazing Refractographs by Alan Jaras

Alan Jaras has mastered the art of creating some amazing images called refractographs.

Using traditional photographic techniques and pieces of complex shaped glass and plastics I project these patterns directly on to colour film. The resulting images and photographs that you see are purely analogue and are not computer generated, but a true representation of the patterns formed by the light beam after its complex journey through the refractive objects I create. This is ‘lensless’ photography – here the object itself becomes the lens.

Here are 30 examples of Alan’s work. These are taken from his refraction of light experiments called taming light, twisting light, and bending light.

 

Taming Light

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A Gathering of Light

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White Light Contained

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Seeds of Light

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Cosmic Light

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Out of The Blue

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Release

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A Garland of Light

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A Garland of Light II

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Primaeval Soup

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Hanging Light

 

Twisting Light

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Twisted Light

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Gathered Light

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Alien Light Forms

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Jewels of Light

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Animal Dance

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Thrashing About

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Strange Creatures in a Red Sea

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Microscopic Lifeforms of Light

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Woven Stardust

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Underwater Explosion

 

Bending Light

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Optical Wings

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Circle of Confusion

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Light Pattern No. 3

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Flames of Light

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Petals of Light

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Beam me up!

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Explosion of Light

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Caught in a Web of Light

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A Strange Form of Light

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Blue Light in Turmoil

Want to learn how to do this? Check out Photojojo’s tutorial on how to make refractographs.



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