Scanner Photography

featured image: Artist and Model

11 years on

In the mid aughts, I followed a tip given by a friend – the late Daniel Denk – regarding so-called scanner cameras. Being one who loves to try difficult things, and, finding myself excited by the exotic looking images the camera produces, I built one, then another such Frankencamera.

Why Scan?

The scanner photograph offers an image, which, in addition to being inherently three dimensional, reveals the fourth dimension in a unique way. Each ‘exposure’ occurs over a number of minutes, or as little as one minute. The opposite ends of the image are captured at entirely different moments in time, not all at once as in a ‘typical’ photograph.  The featured image above has not been ‘photoshopped’ except to adjust tonal value, and came out of the camera looking just as it is now.

speed graphic scanner camera
My second scanner camera.

Over the last decade, I’ve exhibited images made with this camera in New Zealand, New York, Colorado and California. (See my site for more details.)

Having never been much of  a technical photographer, working with this camera has given me an appreciation for the camera as a machine. I may now combine the skills of painting, drawing, and composition (seeing, really) with the steely gaze of this hefty box, the results being odd and otherworldly, yet still somehow accurate.

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Scanner Photography

The Temporal Hyperplane book

Available for sale at Lulu [sorry, no longer available at Lulu], my book showcasing in glorious print, a selection of my scanner photos. Check it out!

image of book
Temporal Hyperplane Photograph book

[featured image (top): “Artist and Model” (2006), model: Gerald Saunders]

By Beau

Painter, designer (print and digital) since the twentieth century.

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