This is the last (fourteenth) of a series of articles taken on the Voigtländer Nokton 17.5mm/1:0.95. This article focuses on the low light video taken at the “Video Works” at Carriageworks (part of Sydney Festival 2020).
For more information on the Heliar 17.5mm lens, check out my initial impressions article and other articles in the series:
- Initial Impression
- The Rocks
- Woolloomooloo to Sydney CBD walk
- Mitchell Library
- Sydney Trades Hall
- Sydney Haymarket and Chinatown
- Newtown Record Fair
- Camperdown Cemetery
- Newtown Street Art
- St. Andrew’s Cathedral
- Queen Victoria Building
- St. Mary’s Cathedral
- Radiant Flux
- Westfield Sydney
Sydney-based Kudjala/Gangalu artist Daniel Boyd’s VIDEO WORKS is an abstracted journey through time immemorial, and a gesture to the impermanence of life on this planet.
Three major video installations – A Darker Shade of Dark #1-4 (2012), History is Made at Night (2013) and Yamani (2018) – map the walls of the gallery with Boyd’s infinite cosmos of dynamic compositions and prismatic colour.
Set to a score by Canyons, VIDEO WORKS is an experience that is both otherworldly and grounded; expansive and atomic.
This is a good opportunity is how how well the lens captures low light video. The following videos were taken handheld in conditions of near darkness and showcases the ability of the lens to capture very low light – enough to feed video at 50p.