jonathan pearlman

jonathan pearlman

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If I could prise open my head here and now I am convinced the interior would resemble Spaghetti Junction.

(For those listeners who don't know, Spaghetti Junction is the vernacular for the vehicular mess that was the confluence of motorways in the Midlands of England, the aforementioned title of which was first penned in 1965 by an English journalist).

We await delivery of a photographers mast which, we hope, will enhance our newly acquired aerial photography business. When I say 'delivery' I mean it in the sense of a confinement. The planning that must go inside my head is ridiculous and borders on the insane; either that, it will drive me insane.

Electronics, or should I say, wiring bits of wires together, has long held fascination for me. In my memory banks are images of me, at various very young ages, wiring all sorts of electrical appliances around the house. With only two (occasionally three) internal wires to choose from, this suicidal hobby of mine was handled with a deftness and a naivety that would have brought even the most seasoned accredited electricians to tears. Call it luck, call it England's voltage, call it madness, but I only ever got electrocuted once; even then, I had to wait 13 years of my life before I saw the flash of blue dance around my head.

Which brings me, in a very long-winded way, to my present predicament. This acute appreciation for wiring - from whence it came and whither it goes - is both a blessing and a curse. For this mast to work, or should I say, for the camera to work sitting atop the mast - sometimes as high as 20 meters - the wiring has to be exact and perfect and in the right place at the right time. The wiring will be attached to the pan and tilt and also to the camera which sits on the pan and tilt; this wire will travel the length of the mast to the ground station where control of camera angle and pitch will take place. Operating the camera requires another wire - actually a very, very,very long usb cable which will be attached to the camera and after a long slide down the mast will attach itself to a laptop inside which is a software programme which controls the camera's various functions and also affords us a live-view image of what the camera actually sees (so long as I remember to take off the lens cap).

This all sounds so terribly simple and ridiculously straight forward. Take it from me, thinking the whole exercise through is like playing cat's cradle in your mind's eye. Once you lose your thread, its like spaghetti unfurling on your fork. 

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