Author Archive: Brian Boyle

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Student Photographers Shoot for the ROM

Posted: April 14, 2014 - 16:52 , by Brian Boyle
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I would like to congratulate each of the student photographers who contributed to Every Object Has A Story. 

Butterflies

Posted: March 21, 2014 - 08:13 , by Brian Boyle
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photo studio

tray of butterflies

Lava Medals

Posted: March 3, 2014 - 11:42 , by Brian Boyle
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lava medal

A while back, I stopped in to the Earth Sciences Dept to look at some meteorites which needed to be photographed. While I was there, I noticed some very odd looking medallions sitting in a box on the counter. These were not the smooth precious metal medallions we see on a fairly regular basis. They were rough, and looked like they were made of some kind of finely crushed gravel or stone. I asked Ian Nicklin, the Mineralogy and Geology Technician in the Dept. about them.

Forbidden City Preparations

Posted: February 6, 2014 - 15:26 , by Brian Boyle
View of construction in gallery

Weston Exhibition hall is a hub of activity. Preparations for The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors are well under way. In just one month and 2 day the wait will be over. It is amazing how a bit of paint will transform a room. Imagine what it does for Weston Exhibition Hall. Add a bit of construction, some new walls and a lot of display cases and contractors and ROM staff hard at work and you can feel the anticipation in the air.

Forbidden City Crates Arrive

Posted: January 28, 2014 - 08:59 , by Brian Boyle
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Photo of crates

They’re here! Over the weekend, all of the artifacts selected for the ROM’s upcoming blockbuster exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors arrived at the ROM from the Beijing's Palace Museum. Crate upon meticulously packed and sealed crate is sitting in a subterranean vault. The exhibition space is being transformed to feature these, as well as the ROM’s Forbidden City artifacts.

What's special about the new copper roof at the ROM?

Posted: September 3, 2013 - 09:16 , by Brian Boyle
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structure of the ROM's new roof

You may have noticed that there is some work going on on the ROOF of the  Queens Park addition....

The ROM gets a new Roof

Posted: August 27, 2013 - 15:10 , by Brian Boyle
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Looking south from the Rotunda roof

Stay tuned - my next blog will show you exactly what components go into the ROM's new roof.

Let there be Light

Posted: July 17, 2013 - 11:58 , by Brian Boyle
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Image showing all of the detail.

Textiles from the collection are frequent visitors to the photo studio. They come in all forms:big or small, mounted or flat, modern or ancient, fragrements or complete costumes - you get the picture. Anything from our vast textile collection could be brought to the studio for photography. The reasons for photography range from publication to advertising to research display. 

Meteorites

Posted: July 16, 2013 - 15:14 , by Brian Boyle
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Thin section of a meteorite

As the ROM's photographer, I get to see and handle some really neat things.

Old School Still Works

Posted: July 10, 2013 - 09:08 , by Brian Boyle
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Film hanging on a string to dry.

When I was a little younger, my parents gave me a black and white film processing kit. I would wait until it was dark outside and then hang towels over the bathroom window and put another towel under the door. Next, I would mix my developer, stop bath and fixer chemistry in jars and place them in the bathtub "just so". I needed to be able to put my hands on them in the dark without spilling them, and pour them into my processing tank in the correct order. The luminous dial on my watch helped me to keep the film in the solutions for the correct amount of time.