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This looks like fun… Jon Smith ‘shoots’ light bulbs

Aside from the obvious safety issues, (a result of living in the Health and Safety crazy capital of the world?) I would LOVE to do this. Jon Smith’s photographs are wicked cool. They depict the shattering of light bulbs, filled with various objects and substances such as; glitter, paint (wet and dry) marbles, googley eyes and bottle caps, just to name a few examples. Jon sets up the scene with a sound activated flash trigger, high speed camera and a pellet gun. The result is these fantastic images of colour and movement. You can check out more of his photography on his Flickr photostream, WideEyedIlluminations and on recent features on the new-look and

Sequence, 18 August 2012. links back to

Splitting Headache, 8 August 2011. image from

Silver Explosion Reimagined, 17 August 2011. image from

Blossoming, 24 March 2011. Image from

Heavy Drinking, 22 December 2011. Image from

I would have liked very much to link directly to Jon’s website, but he’s a smart man, and has his Flickr photo stream protected. So these images link directly back to and and I take absolutely zero credit for them.


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Vicki Clough

Vicki Clough

Vicki is an independent curator and craftsperson with a focus on socially engaged and participatory art and events. In January 2016 she helped launch Reconstructing Resilience, a research and curatorial project that explored various forms of sustainable practice. As a freelance curator she has worked with the Riverdale Hub, Myseum of Totonto/Art Spin and was the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto from 2014 to 2017. She has also co-curated exhibitions including JAYU's iAM photography project (2016 & 2017), Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre's Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014), and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. She publishes on anything that interests her deeply and moves her to the point of lengthy verbal expression.

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