Chronophoto in the Rose Garden is an interactive study of 15th century European longsword techniques using real time digital chronophotography. This work is the culmination of my studies at CCAD, and was presented in the Columbus College of Art and Design Chroma Thesis Show on May 12th & 13th, 2016.
The backdrop was taken from separate plates of a 15th century Germanic fencing manual called Goliath. To create the full final sprawling landscape, I digitally removed the figures depicting the longsword techniques from multiple plates and stitched them together. Once that was done, I painstakingly went over every bit of line work so that I could upscale the image for the large format printout of the final backdrop while keeping the original tones of the manuscript.
(I would like to note that the original manuscript was in full color, but I chose to go with black and white to better set off the subjects from their background in the chronophotos.)
Thanks to thearmarma.org for their extensive catalog of historical fencing manuals available to the public. For anyone interested in European fencing from almost any period you should head on over.
The Chronophoto In The Rose Garden
Pamphlet & Event Cards
This pamphlet provided people with all the information about the exhibit while I was training people how to do the various longsword techniques for their chronophotos. The pamphlet goes into detail about the exhibit, Chronophotography, 15th century longsword combat, and why the exhibit is called what it is.
Rose Garden Event Cards
Event cards as well as my personal contact business cards were made available to anyone interested |in the event. The event cards gave people directions as to where they could view the chronophotos taken during the exhibit as well as links to all the social media sites incorporated with the exhibit.
Video & Chronophotos of the varying longsword techniques taught at the exhibition
How the Rose garden Works
1. I would greet people as they walked up. If I was teaching someone, one of my assistants would greet them.
2. If they were interested they could then sign up, and while waiting they could read a pamphlet, watch the live demonstration taking place, or view the video screen showcasing the different techniques being taught.
3. I would teach them about chronophotography and longsword combat while giving them options as to what kind of strike they would like to preform - overhand, underhand, or a thrust.
4. Once they picked a category, I would then demonstrate two techniques they could pick from.
5. Once they learned the technique, I would step back and let them preform the technique as they had their chronophoto captured. (The demonstration below was the exception as the participant wanted to simulate a mock duel.)
6. Once their chronophoto was captured I would email them their pictures and post them on the various social media sites and on this web page.
The 1st day of Chronophoto In The Rose Garden
The 2nd day of Chronophoto In The Rose Garden
To all the people who took the time to stop and smell the roses, it is my sincere hope that it was as enjoyable for you as it was for myself. It was an absolute pleasure sharing something I am passionate about with so many.
Special Thanks to
Without his programing help, none of this would have been possible.
Shout-outs to Processing.org for their open source software that this project ran on. If you have an interest in coding, interactive design, or software check them out.