Photography – Jake Galson is breaking the blink barrier


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Spin the glass fast enough and the red wine loops up and over the edge, suspended in tension.  The eye cannot stop and hold that moment but Jake Galson’s camera can.

Pembroke College Oxford recently hosted a small display of Galson’s work and used one of his images as the cover for the March edition of the college magazine, The Pembrokian.

Galson, a 22-year-old photographer and recent graduate of Pembroke with a degree in biological sciences, challenges the link between retina and brain and asks us to look again.

“I am always trying new things, and aim to take pictures that portray the subject in a way that cannot always be seen by the naked eye.”

His interest in photography began in his first year at Oxford when he bought himself a secondhand single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and joined the Photography Society.  He says that training from the society and online resources gave him enough knowledge to experiment with different techniques.

The 360° image of Pembroke College appears to have been taken from a dizzying height with a distorting lens.  Not the case.  The images were taken from the central lawn, merged and then flattened outwards like a strange flower in a spinning sky.

Other pieces include:  Love Handle which cups the shadow; Refraction Wine Glass which captures light distorting reflected patterns through a stemmed glass of water; and then there is the Wine Glass series where each glass is apparently held still while the contents are caught in bizarre stages of splash and loop.

These photographs, like much of Galson’s work, catch the eye off guard and force its attention.  To see more try his facebook page: and his website:

Both the above are worth a look but you might find that the quantity of fine art prints available is restricted by time as Galson is currently working in Oxitec Ltd which he says is “a spin-out company from Oxford University, concentrating on novel mosquito control strategies to prevent spread of diseases such as Dengue and Chikungunya”.

Next year he returns to Oxford to do a DPhil into more of the elusive – vaccine research.

Catch him quickly.

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