Pearl John

Pearl John
Artist Working with Holography

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Post Doc

I'm pleased to say that I'm now officially a Post Doc researcher at De Montfort in the Modern Holography Group.  Check out their unofficial website created by the talented Tove Delanius

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

So, there's a focus on making perfect reproductions in the holography community (scientists, technologists and hobbyists).  Full-colour analogue holographic masterpieces are often made of low cost items which don't warrant the resources that have gone into turning them into holograms.  If you consider the amount of time and money that goes into holographic perfection then the only objects worth reproducing are the beautiful and expensive FabergĂ© eggs that have been 'optocloned'. 

I'm not really interested in 'perfect' though for my next project: My full colour holographic family.  This work will exploit the mess that making full colour holograms with basic equipment will lead to. I am going to make split beam rather than the usual single beam full colour holograms, so my colours will overlap as different wavelengths reconstruct in different places. 

The beams won't be spatially filtered either, so there will be all sorts of spots and swirls of different colours enlarged through my lenses.

Consider the imperfection of Warhol's flowers  This is not bad screen printing.  This is beautiful.  This is what I'm hoping for.  I'll be using overlapping layers of colour using light instead of ink. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

I'm delighted to have had my first journal paper published. Many thanks to for the invitation to submit a paper.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Back to work.  Long break.  Must remember to tell Benedict Carpenter this:  "Time and Memory merge into each other; they are like the two sides of a medal."  Tarkovsky, A. (1986) Sculpting in Time:  Reflections on the Cinema, Faber & Faber, London. P.57.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Showing Artwork in St Petersburg

I've just returned from a fantastic ISDH2015 in St.Petersburg where I delivered a paper, Co-Chaired the first day's Session - Culture, Education and History of Holography - and am exhibiting work in the accompanying Holography exhibition at the Optics Museum of the ITMO University.

My Hologram 'Portrait: Great Grandmother' a 4x5cm reflection hologram with digital photograph on the far right of the cabinet was in good company here with work by August Muth and Andrew Pepper.