Scanner Photography

An interesting item on the scanner photography project of Mike Golembewski was brought to my attention today via Utata. He’s spent the last several years experimenting with homemade digital cameras created from combining a flatbed scanner and a large format film camera.

“Instead of building a camera that mimicked the functionality of a traditional photographic camera, I had stumbled across a new tool for examining the relationships between time, motion, and image. What I thought would be a two week art project has turned into one that has lasted for almost three years, and shows little sign of stopping.”

The image gallery of his website contains a selection of the best results from his experiments. There are some good stock photos but the main focus of the website is on the more abstract pieces. The work is very surreal with a similar look in some respects to pinhole photography or toy camera shots, and with bizarre distortion to moving objects.