I had this idea years ago, then forgot about it and then something sparked it off in my head a couple of weeks ago.

There's something I really like about projectors. Something about the idea that they are always projecting. Projectors always felt to me that they projected magic - images of places far way. I think projectors pushing out their colored light are magical things. Pure joy.

I liked the idea of having your pictures, (or perhaps any pictures) projected outwards in an explosion of image, like a projector bomb. I was pretty sure getting focus on all the images wouldn't be possible in a small product like a lamp, but still, I'm staying curious. So I set forth to explore.

I got a hold of some old Kodachrome slides from eBay, these ones very old ones from the 1960s and of course the John Cale LP image rattled through my mind. I wondered if this was a trigger all along...

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This turned out pretty much as I had envisioned, obviously a test. The masking tape help it together but in a flimsy way. I used a basic bulb and fixture positioned inside a cut plastic (take out) curry tub (after it had been washed). Clearly this too needs a bit more thought.

But all in all this proves the concept I think. Time to build something stronger than masking tape. 

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The frame was pretty simple. It simply needed to have vertical and horizontal beams to attach the slides to.

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And it needed to be white. At least I thought it needed to be white.

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So some of this works very nicely. I'm using a very basic wall lamp that was very cheap to produce the light inside. I don't like that you can see the lamp base and I don't like that you get a yellow light bleed underneath the lamp, so I'm going to fix that.

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So I fixed it. Well I fixed what I thought needed fixing. I now see that perhaps i wasn't right in my assessment. This V1 works pretty well. The light is nice and it's compelling as an object. I think in hindsight some of the light bleed underneath the lamp is a good thing.

Anyway, this is done for now. I'm going to consider whether I make a multiple of this thing or not, which is an idea running around my head. We'll see.