Words that describe Almont Green: Artist, inventor, entrepeneur, technologist and appreciator of science.
For the last few years I have been immersed in the new art and science of multi-perspective photography. Specifically, 3D autostereoscopic multi-perspective high dynamic range lifesize 252 megapixel (and higher) interlaced image coupled to lenticular lens material art and science. Now there’s a mouthful!
There is [the potential of] inherent information in a life size autostereoscopic photograph that can give us visual information that can only otherwise be achieved by seeing what is depicted within the photograph in person looking at the real scene. But that 3D photograph contains information from just an instant in time. Something we can’t experience in real life. This is a truly extraordinary capability because it provides the opportunity to look closely at everything that happened at that moment. To take it all in and examine the moment in detail. With the added depth and multiple perspectives of an autostereoscopic photograph it is possible to engage the full visual processing capabilities of the brain and therefore extract more meaning, emotion, context and accurately impression a memory or sustain a memory to an extent not possible with standard photography.
The potential experience of 3D autostereoscopic photography is in stark contrast to the ever increasing speed of impression-only imagery. We glance at camera phone pictures, often viewing images only for as long as it takes to refresh the screen with the next image. Today, it suffices to only get an impression of what the image is. The quality of photographs has been declining and our attention span decreasing. With an autostereoscopic photograph, the visual impression is only the beginning and immediately leads to a much deeper engagement by the viewer. Indeed, it is hard to look away from an autostereoscopic photograph that depicts something of interest to us. The longer we look at the photograph, the more we are rewarded with information that we weren’t expecting. Things like texture, how the content of the photograph reflects light and the very essence of how we determine “stuff” in real life like softness or harness. The light reflecting from objects is three dimensional and occupies multidimensional space. When we flatten that light we take the life out of the picture. It can only be an image reference not considerably different than an illustration.
A big problem is that not all 3D imagery is equal or carries a level of realness equal to seeing in real life. Indeed, almost all 3D imagery to date lacks this ability. I doubt that ANY point and shoot consumer camera for the general public will achieve this capability because 3D imagery is an art that requires knowledge and understanding of the principals and physics in order to achieve results close to a convincing level of “real life-ness”. Perhaps newly discovered technology will solve the complexity problem some day, but currently it does not exist.
In the meantime, the solution is simple. Let me take your photograph ;^)