Scanography

Here’s the definition according to Wikipedia

Scanography, also spelled scannography more commonly referred to as scanner photography, is the process of capturing digitized images of objects for the purpose of creating printable art using a flatbed “photo” scanner with a CCD (charge-coupled device) array capturing device. The term scanography formerly referred tomedical scanning, but is unrelated in either purpose or technique. Fine art scanography differs from traditional document scanning by using atypical objects, often three dimensional, as well as from photography, due to the nature of the scanner’s operation.

I use a relatively inexpensive Epson Perfection 4490 Photo scanner. I started using the scanner as an art tool after getting the idea from one of my favorite scanographers Janet Dwyer. The first time I saw Janet’s work was at Photosynthesis, the premier photographers show on Salt Spring Island. The show is an annual event held in late summer at Art Spring.

My first attempt at scanography was well received at the 2008 Photosynthesis show. Here are a few of my compositions.

As you can see, my  scanography is not just  arranging a bunch of leaves on a scanner bed and pushing a button. I input the raw image into Photoshop, and ad photos, mirror the image, adjust the colour and carefully remove any dust that transfered to the digital file. I then print several proofs before I am happy with the final piece.

One thing I do before scanning is to lay very black matt paper over the top of the objects to be scanned. This gives a black background to the composition.

for more detailed scanography samples, visit my website.

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