Gloriously illuminated orange

This beautiful image comes from Caleb Charland, who creates all his images in-camera.

Recently one Sunday I spent the day at the kitchen table playing with oranges, copper wires and galvanized nails. My hope was that I could make this on going project work with a single piece of fruit. I tried cutting it into slices and wedges but that ever present voice in my head reminded me the SIMPLER IS BETTER. It only seemed logical to use the orange’s natural wedges as the cells for the battery. The wedges are held up-right with an armature of small wooden skewers. The LED is nestled with in the bounds of the orange wedges. I’m still amazed this worked…though it did require 14 hours of exposure.

Energy from a single orange… (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


  1. Two things I don’t quite understand about the process, both related to 14 hours…

    1) I’m surprised the orange holds it’s shape that well sitting there for 14 hours.

    2) I’m wondering if he took the whole thing inside of a hard core light box if it was taken on the kitchen table.  14 hours without any natural light (let alone basic human-made ambient) is a long time.

    1.  agree on #1. on #2 yeah, i’d have to assume he made some kind of box for this. and then took maybe 140 6-minute exposures and stacked them like we do with astrophotographs. the image is too smooth to be a single long exposure…

      1. Prepare to have your mind blown:  4×5 film.  One single exposure.  All of his stuff like this is large format and it looks amazing.

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