The knee bone’s connected to the thigh boneFebruary 10, 2012 About my museum job, Archaeology, Blogs, Centre for Human Bioarchaeology, MOLA Osteology
I recently spent the day with Museum of London Archaeology photographer Andy Chopping.
On arriving at the photography studio I was greeted by a large white backdrop screen and an array of camera and lighting equipment adjusted to my height. I had brought with me one of the well preserved human skeletons from our archaeological collections and began to set out the bones onto a large, six foot long light box.
I laid out the skeleton in standard anatomical position as I would during full osteological analysis: the body extended on the back with the feet together and palms facing forwards. Starting with the skull, I worked my way down through the spinal column, arms, hands, legs, feet and finally the ribs.
This time, however, a large camera pointed directly at me, recording my every move. A total of 600 images were captured at one frame per second with simultaneous flashes from the lighting creating a strobe effect.
The result was a stop motion video, an animation whereby hundreds of individual images were edited down to form a 40 second film replayed at 12 frames per second (click link below to play).
The final product was edited down into a Quick time movie using Final Cut Pro