‘Digital Panoramas’ set to wow viewers this weekend

Modern day Brown's Panoramas will feature in the St. James' Church Spire's 500 years celebrations (Photo: Kurnia Aerial Photography). EMN-150709-135903001
Modern day Brown's Panoramas will feature in the St. James' Church Spire's 500 years celebrations (Photo: Kurnia Aerial Photography). EMN-150709-135903001

An innovative digital version of Brown’s Panorama is set to feature in St James’ Church Spire 500 year celebrations this weekend.

The digital panoramas of Louth, which will cleverly blend images from the original panorama alongside aerial photographs from the present day - will be installed in the church for viewing on Saturday and Sunday (September 12-13).

The panoramas, inspired by Brown’s celebrated panoramas of 1844, replicate the East and West facing views from the top of the church spire.

Filmed from a drone by Michael Kheng of Kurnia Aerial Photography, and edited by Simon Weir of 
Yellow Belly Telly, the panoramas show Louth waking up on a market morning.

Shooting had been delayed while the chicks of the Peregrines, which were nesting in the spire, were fully fledged.

Gary Woods, filmmaker, photographer and artist, wanted to help celebrate the 500th anniversary and came up with the idea to make a modern day version of the Brown Panoramas, and drafted in Simon and Michael to help him.

The two separate modern day panoramas are to be screened on two 50” monitors, kindly on loan from Peter Rhodes Electricals, and attempt to replicate the views that William Brown would have seen in 1844 when he painted his panoramas.

The difference is with the new panoramas on display is that if you look closely you will see movements within
 the pictures.

This celebratory weekend will culminate in a large firework display to Handel’s Zadok the Priest on Sunday September 13, from 7.30pm.

Gary, Simon and Michael would like to thank everyone that assisted in the project.

Michael said: “It was a pleasure to be involved in this project. Louth is a unique market town and I have spent most of my life growing up around Louth.

“It is a pleasure to be able to do something not only to help celebrate the 500th anniversary but to also give something to the town.’

The original panoramas are on display in Lincoln’s Usher Gallery until September 27, as part of Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition.