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c.2015 to Now Scanner Photography: Merging With The Machine

Scanner Photography:

Merging With The Machine

These works use an ordinary desktop printer/scanner as a camera. You will find both STILLS and MOVIEZE. In both cases the printer/scanner remains on my desk. However, sometimes the subjects are in motion. (More about this below in the MOVIEZE section). All Single-Pass Scanner Photographs use serendipity to collaborate with machine software. When code was being written to enable reproduction and character recognition, somehow the machine software began to suggest interpretations outside the guidelines. The “before and after” examples below show variables “chosen” by the machine. First the object/set-up to be photographed is established. These setups are random. The scanner is run one time. The resulting image contains “suggestions” by the software. There are no re-shoots, repeat scans, area maskings, croppings, or “tricks”. The artist makes one time all-or-nothing decisions. For example maxing out the saturation sliders. Poetry, meaning, and interpretations result from serendipity merging with the machine.

Scanner Photography STILLS: The section below shows two types of still images. Full, followed in some cases, by a “crop”. The crops show a section of a photo in real life. This gives a sense of the software’s vision at real size. It is more effective than zooms at low-resolution. “Crops” are what you will see standing at very close range to a full-sized print. Select or click through, and roll over for titles.

Scanner Photography MOVIEZE: The eye, the brain, time, light, and motion have historically been accepted as a movie. We know we can never see more than a single frame any time when we try to pause a movie. Using a stationary desktop office scanner, the artist has partnered with the machine software AND hardware. He has reconfigured these elements to allow multiple views of a studio “set-up” to be captured in one single-pass scanner photograph. This grants us the ability to see way more than we bargained for. In the first photo below, titled Raising Peperoncini, we see a single-pass photo of a jar being lifted. In the second, titled BAD Scan, we see Sharpie pen marks on popsicle sticks morphing into idiograms, characters and new words.