Talking head

By mrswoolybill
The appropriately named Cragside nestles into the Cheviot hills in Northumberland. It was completed in 1863, as the home of the great Victorian industrialist, scientist and inventor Lord Armstrong (1810-1900).
One room features an explanation of Armstrong's experiments with electricity, introduced by holograms who appear in Leyden jars. Photographically interesting, I've never tried to photograph a hologram before. Where do you focus?
The house has a curious irony. At first sight it is pure Arts & Crafts, a pastiche of everything Tudorbethan with Medieval flourishes. Yet it was built for a cutting-edge modernist.
Look closer though and it was the first domestic interior to have electric lighting, using Sir Joseph Swan's new filament lightbulbs. The system was powered by a hydroelectric plant in the grounds. There's a hydraulically powered lift, rotisserie and dishwasher, a dumb waiter and an intercom system. And there was hot running water in the bathrooms.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Black and white Specialist and abstract Cragside Hologram Saturday shadows

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Comments


saltireblue Plus
9 9.8k 36 Norway
8 Jun 2019 8:18AM
Someone really should tell him to tie his tie properly!
The place sounds rather like a Barratt Homes show-house...

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dudler Plus
16 952 1521 England
8 Jun 2019 8:23AM
When it's sharp in the viewfinder, it's sharp on the film...

It's a problem that's more a theoretical thing than a real one, I think. And you seem to have managed!
cats_123 Plus
15 4.9k 28 Northern Ireland
8 Jun 2019 8:24AM
The very beginnings of technology...had his head in the clouds 😁😁
8 Jun 2019 8:25AM
If the earth is a hologram, what are we?
Witness the Magic of Lord Armstrong’s Laboratory
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 8:40AM
Interesting write up and image, Moira.
8 Jun 2019 9:25AM
The way that the shadow has fallen on the subject matter, really makes the shot for me, Moira.

JohnSmile
dark_lord Plus
15 2.3k 591 England
8 Jun 2019 9:37AM
It's a place i've never been to, but read about and seen on TV.
Fascinating, and if he were around today I'm sure he'd have everything in the house controlled remotely via the internet.
And the lighting would be LED.
mac Plus
18 2 Scotland
8 Jun 2019 10:35AM
Quite interesting. I photographed a hologram at New Lanark Centre and was amazed at how accurate it was rendered expected it be just a blur. As John says, if you see it so can the camera.
Ian
8 Jun 2019 10:41AM
Fascinating place, though I was last there pre-hologram.
8 Jun 2019 10:53AM
Looks like you found the right focus Moira! Good work as usual, and a lot of exciting history around it too!

ArneSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2081 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 12:51PM
Thanks everyone, and thanks Leo for tracking down the video.
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 3:06PM
Excellent image Moira, scary subject though an important man due to your informative write up.
Isabel GrinGrin
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
8 Jun 2019 5:55PM
Terrific shadows
Ju
mistere Plus
6 4 3 England
8 Jun 2019 7:28PM
A fascinating write up Moira, and a fascinating character.
They pop up every generation or so and give the world a nudge.
Excellent camera work.

Dave.
8 Jun 2019 8:16PM
A legend, you have presented and processed in an attractive way...
BobbyMS Plus
2 4 1
11 Jun 2019 9:21PM
Again, a journalist's curiosity pays dividends to accompany this offbeat portrait.

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