Film & Art Direction

Nokia Pureview

Nokia 808 PureView from Beyond

Photographing the Earth from the stratosphere

Kin were asked by Nokia to photograph the earth using the highest resolution cameraphone in existence at the time – the 808 Pureview. We decided to travel to the volcanic country of Iceland to send the phone 34km into the sky. 

I was assigned the task of designing and making the 'space' craft, planning the expedition, finding a local production team, designing the camera software to take photos at regular intervals during the flight, testing all the equipment, doing the calculations and executing the launch. Fortunately there were a lot of online resources such as the UKHAS Wiki to help.

Special thanks to Hjortur Smarason and Páll Halldór Halldórsson


Software Design
Photography & Production

Our balloon was carried almost 400km, the entire length of the country and landed in the sea. A fisherman was able to pick up the box using the GPS coordinates and return it to the harbour.

It then made it's way back to Reykjavik via road, meeting us in the early hours of the morning in the back of a lorry full of fish.

Nokia 808 PureView from Beyond
Nokia 808 PureView from Beyond
Nokia 808 PureView from Beyond

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