Along with my goals of becoming a freelance illustrator. I am also learning to remember my dreams. because of my finally steady sleep schedule; I am able to remember the more. I had a dream that I saw a wolf/ dog that was locked in a room for years. It was born with eyes all over its body… I was told its a Barghest
vosak asked: hey, i loved those mugshots you posted and i'm wondering can you tell me/us just a little bit more in detail how you'd made them. stay cool.
Sure. A friend (Itsaherring) and i are always trying to push photoshop to its limits in terms of how weird can we get with all the filters and tools it has to offer us. Her blog is full of really interesting content-aware experiments. In this case, I found a tutorial that let you take all the crowds from an image.If you took 15-20 pictures of the same thing, and fed it through the statistics under scripts, and placed it under a median. the image will be overlay to create a average of those images. However in the context of these mugshots, we took 10 different images, and mixed them up. then used content aware scale under transform (i have PS CC, but cs6 should do it too) and played around with it. It stretched the image to newer resolution and tried to assume an image by adding more information. but the mages are really tiny, so when stretched to a higher resolution, it causes these distortions.
Matthewdavid & Odd Nosdam- Ambigroup
This project goes beyond just a simple experiment. The composition “Ambigroup” is an audible representation of a time in India when we could only view movies and television through constantly fluctuating antenna frequencies, bootleg video tapes and low quality visual feedback. In essence, my nostalgia is intertwined in the videotape culture.
This project is a visual representation of nostalgia. Of an earlier time when analog mediums and video tracking that dominated my childhood memories. I picked these old Bollywood films to provide a more exotic view of those early memories to the viewers, yet it is the most personal i can get to my memories. Displaced, and out of synch with time, the memories are distant but ever prevalent in my mind, broadcasting from light years away and now showing itself in a collaged mess on contemporary monitors. Unable to decode itself.
The technical process involved capturing old VHS videos. While capturing, I played with the clockwork of the VHS player, agitating the playback process. Causing heavy distortion of the imagery. Providing the very definition of my project.
Thank You Leaving Records and Matthewdavid for letting me use their audible composition in my visual project.
And Craig Smith and Miko Revereza for providing their information on video editing related materials.
awintyyr asked: Hello! Fantastic works! I have two questions if you don't mind. 1,Those scan experiments, is it simply pictures moved while being scanned? 2. The Indian VHS tapes, how do you distort them? (I have tried some different ways like stretching the tape, scratching and even swipe it with a magnet).
Hey, thanks for the kind words, and I am more than happy to explain the process.
The Scan Process involves a piece of footage being played on my android phone, and me dragging the phone over the scanning glass. There are specifics to getting a reasonable image. I noticed that many scanners only publish the final image in greyscale, losing a lot of the “glitch” effects that makes it such an interesting process. I found that epson scanners, specifically the v700 scanner do a wonderful job is keeping the colors. But, any good scanner should do the trick. Of course there is the human element of editing in post process. I have a Samsung Galaxy s3 phone, i keep the auto rotation on lock, and it takes a few times to actually get the scan to work (it is a long process). There are so many more headaches that go into getting an agreeable image, but ill let you enjoy the trial and error. :)
As for the VCR Player. I opened the box up and while the tape was playing, i messed with the metal drum that reads the video. If you lightly tap on the drum, it agitates the video, splitting the colors, and distorting the footage. I captured the video through a s-video capture device. And again, there is a reasonable amount of Post-Process that goes into the final image, like any piece of footage or photograph. Magnets never really worked for me. I am very new to this process, so my approach is still very archaic.
Hope this information helps