About the Book
PJ Reptilehouse uses and combination of fine art nude photography and chronophotography to make uniquely beautiful images. This book highlights 15 years of using this technique, developed by the author, including custom-made, computer controlled strobe lights and camera mounts. The images are all made in-camera, not with the use of photo editing software.
Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1963, PJ explored music, electronics, and photography even as a child. This interest led to a BA in music from the University of Guelph, and in 1989 he moved to Oakland, California, to earn an MFA in electronic music from Mills College. Around the year 2000, a breakthrough in LED technology made LEDs a practical light source. After building an LED-based strobe light for another purpose, PJ started emulating the classic chronophotography of Muybridge and Marey and the strobe photography of Harold Edgerton. But that was just a starting point for the evolution of a technique. By building his own strobe lights and synchronizing them with motion-controlled camera platforms-a device he calls the Strobo-Dingus-PJ composed complex and singular images using the human form.