Slit Scan Alex

My colleague Alex Zattelman is an inventor and tinkerer and comes up with the most intriguing camera devices you can imagine. Alex is the programme coordinator for NMIT’s Applied Photography courses and is a very busy man, but he somehow manages to put together some wacky machines.

His latest creation is a slit-scan camera that takes weird, distorted photographs using a moving horizontal slit that passes in front of the camera. It’s a big black box with a sliding panel. The camera – any camera but a digital SLR means instant feedback –  sees a moving line of light and if the the shutter speed is long enough and the subject moves, you get amazing results. Looking forward to trying it out myself. See more work on his website.


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