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Scanography: Cookies & Crayons

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“Scanography, also spelled scannography more commonly referred to as scanner photography, is the process of capturing digitized images of objects for the purpose of creating printable art using a flatbed “photo” scanner with a CCD (charge-coupled device) array capturing device.” – Wikipedia

As another assignment from my class this summer (eventually I’m going to run out of these) we did scanography. You can see the lovely Wikipedia definition above. Basically it’s creating photos using a scanner as the capture device instead of a camera. There’s also the fact that the scanners can scan things in at 1200dpi and beyond. So think super high-resolution, very rectangular camera.

The interesting thing with a scanner is that the depth of field is only an inch or two. Even though you’re creating a two-dimensional image with both a camera and a scanner, the scanner makes it far more clear from the get go that you’re working with a flat medium. Seeing as you’re arranging things on a flat glass bed and any measurable height the object has quickly fades away. The fact that you start with absolutely nothing and can only fit so much on the scannable surface at once as well, it’s quite the challenge to think about how you’re going to design the image.

So, all that being said, I chose to keep it very simple. I also didn’t make use of the extremely limited depth of field, so everything is tack sharp and there is no illusion of 3 dimensional form. Not that it’s a bad thing, it just explains why these images don’t look like a “traditional” photograph. Fair warning though, stare at the color wheel one too long and it starts to mess with you…… 😉

Full screen viewing and prints available for order in the Scans gallery.

Full screen viewing and prints available for order in the Scans gallery.

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