“The dome it was attached to was never really utilized in that way,” says Campbell. “It was an atmospheric instrument in 2012, but In 2013, a telescope was put in there instead. This meant that the dome would really only move during the night and return to almost exactly the same position by the time the sun rose.” Campbell concedes that there would be the “odd time the dome moved during the day – maintenance, faults, etc.” These minor interruptions are recorded in the image as minor changes and breaks in the sun’s streaks, such as in the bottom right-hand corner. But one aspect is undoubtedly dominant, with Campbell adding that “99% of the time the camera was in more-or-less the same position over 8 years.”
Regina’s original intent was to explore the time concept in photography which makes the invisible, visible.“However, what’s more unique about this is that although the invisible has been captured, it has also erased the visible. Over the years, you’re able to see the sun trails, however, you’re unable to see the thousands of people who would have visited or worked at the observatory,” she adds.
In any case, for years to come, this photograph will be referred back to. As of today, it is one of its kind. What a treasure a forgotten camera could create? In the west, long exposure photographs are becoming a kind of trend. There are several experiments using pin-hole as well as other traditional methods. We hope, there are such experiments in our country as well. It surely is an area that demands further experimentation and exploration.