Scanner Photography Merging With The Machine (header) NEWER STRONGER, 2016)
Scanner Photography I consider these scanner photographs to be "studio shots". The scanner IS the camera. The scanner IS NOT used to manipulate photos from other cameras. Many attempts, repositionings, as well as light adjustments made manually during photos, go into setting up each image. However, to be clear, each image results from one single-pass scan. One hurdle is restricted depth of field, another is abandoning light control traditionally done by shutter speed and/or exposure time. So clearly, there is a critical trade of control for revelation. I retrieve Image data as it bounces and reflects off mirrors, both internal and applied. Control, if such a thing exists, resides initially in the scanner "software". Perhaps there is a quantum level choice being revealed by the electronic signal. The artist accepts this hidden insight. The results celebrate the input. The software collaborates. This can be partially managed. Images may be secondarily altered by "other" software, akin to "traditional" darkroom/printing variants. When the artist uses a processing filter, its use is limited to macro image application. Bold all-or-none filters adhere to the signal guidance from the machine. The subject matter reflects interest in elevating the mundane, however the "partner" offers transformation of a situation into a universal narrative. For example, if light creates the illusion that a paper insect is in flight, it transends the reality of the paper insect. The code, written by technicians, may or may not have intended this, or, another force may be dominating the image on offer. The software suggests the narratives. Perhaps the software has detected my intention. It offers alternatives. There is a merging with the machine. MOVIEZE: Traditionally, film replicates motion via still frame projection rates, plus brain function. Movie motion is an illusion. My Movieze images capture actual motion in a single frame. Not slo-mo or stop action. Not high-speed or blurred by camera movement. But, partial to complete records of an object in motion captured by a fixed camera in a single frame. The object and lightsource are in motion together.
The images below are 16" x 20" (20" x 16") or larger. The work celebrates collaborative input from the scanner software. To show a more "accurate as printed" image, some pieces shown are accompanied by an "actual size crop" sample. Each work is a single-pass scan. There is no layering, multiple exposure, or cut and paste. STILLS: (Please scroll below STILLS to view MOVIEZE) Movieze are also reviewed on the explanatory text page.