Saturday, 25 October 2008

Some Things May Not Be Transparently Obvious

Trick photography is hardly a new phenomenon – in fact it has been around since the invention of the camera. Here though is a strange new obsession – creating “transparent” computer screens and capturing a digital image of a digital image of, well – a digital image!

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You may be able to work this one out fairly quickly but there is still no doubt that it is very cleverly conceived and put together! Just the time spent buying the identical t-shirts involved more thought and action with which many would not bother! Plus, the look on the guys face on his desktop is priceless!


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Animals are notorious when it comes to moving just as a picture is about to be taken. How long this transparent desktop took to put together is anyone’s guess, but it is this writer’s guess that this was not the first shot to be taken. Digital photography is a wonderful thing! After all, can you imagine attempting this and then taking it down to the shop to be developed? Then waiting. Then the anticipation. Finally, the disappointment when none of the shots worked! Thankfully, today we have the delete button!



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This is perhaps a little more difficult to work out than the first picture in this collection. It combines both the recent fad of transparent screens and the quest for the infinite in photography.


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You may think that Photoshop was used in the creation of this image, but you would be wrong. No trickery was included in the construction of this most excellent transparent screen! Although the perspective of the plant pot is slightly our because of the angle of the camera the particularly neat touch here is the post-it note in the top left hand corner of the screen. Magic!


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Some say there is a reason for being clever just for the sake of being clever and this picture has that it stacks! The magazine lazily placed against the wall appears perfectly in not one but two transparent screens. There may be some scratching of the head as to what exactly is the point in an exercise such as this. That may well be the point – that essentially it is a pointless pursuit and so well worth undertaking!


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If you thought that the photos before were bordering on the ridiculous, then this one must be sublime! Again, no Photoshop trickery involved, just a great deal of time and effort in the production of this prime piece of transparency! The extreme level of geekiness needed to pull this one off is something that should be and must be celebrated. The amount of time taken to do this must have to be counted in the days rather than the hours. A shame the photographer’s mother couldn’t have come round to make the bed first, however!


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Take an iMax and iBook and a Nano, and what do you get? Someone willing to spend a few hours getting an uber cool shot like this together, that’s what! Again, one must bow before the photographer in something approaching awe.


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Some people rise to a challenge and others reinterpret the challenge according to their own ideas. With this picture, the idea of the transparent screen is not so much turned on its head as rotated through one hundred and eighty degrees. The resulting shot is enough to make you run along, grab your camera and try it out for yourself. There may have been a little help on this one. Dare we whisper the words ‘photo’ and ‘shop’? At the end of the day, who cares? A subtle take, perhaps representing the creation of a sub-genre within a sub-genre. Talk about getting obscura with the camera!


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Taking this picture in to consideration, perhaps this is something to be done when one is at home alone! However, that would make lining the photograph up correctly much harder so generally when the human form is involved this must become a collaborative effort! Let’s just hope he had fresh breath!


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After a hard day setting up transparent screens, then it is advised to take a good rest. Put your feet up, surf the web and plan your next series of shoots!



Written by RJ Evans

2 comments:

Glynis said...

Well that was a little different, what will they think of next!

ChefL96 said...

These are strange.

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