Scanned Body Portraits

While studying art at CMU, I had a part time job as an interface designer at a downtown defense contractor firm. The daily culture shift was drastic but I liked my colleagues at work. In my studio I was working on a linear motion camera rig for taking life size portraits, so I brought it to work and "scanned" my colleagues as they stood in front of their cubicles. A single full height linear scan takes 60 seconds, and generates around 100 digital photos. The vantage point of of the camera shifts slowly from head to toe. Post processing involves combining these photos, in this case using Adobe Aftereffects and some scripting. The effect takes advantage of the parallax errors between photos. These were then printed to match the full height of the people in the photos.