“….. photography that is more about listening and asking, and less about telling.” -Mark Wlaz
Lenticular photographs are prints that move, change or appear to be three dimensional. They use a technology in which specialized optical lenticular lenses are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth or movement as the image is viewed from different angles. It's a fascinating process that brings a photograph to life. The above work is created by CCAA Member, Mark Wlaz. After inquiring about the unique and progressive work, Mark described the process:
The work starts with the photographing of colored light - which is my subject matter in this series (Artwork above right - "You And I Can Look At the Same Thing and See It Differently"). I use a medium format Hasselblad H4D camera. This piece of work above is comprised of 21 unique full size images (each image being a full 36" x 24"). The 21 images are digitally placed in a sequence, and then using software that is uniquely designed for the sole purpose of creating lenticular images, they are "interlaced". The "interlaced image" is printed using archival pigment inks - but once printed,
the raw image in this form is indistinguishable from the end product. The raw image then goes through a registration process as it is face mounted to the 3D lens. When placed behind the 3D lens, the image is generated and you get the sense of depth and the movement that you see in the final piece of art.
It's really quite fun to watch the reactions people have to the lenticular images. By its nature, it is an interactive piece - and that makes it different than most art we have on display in our homes and offices. The technical challenges and the expensive production process have limited artist's acceptance of lenticular technology. But there are some really cool things that you can find here and there. For example, there is an artist working out of London who is making large scale (the size of a room) lenticular pieces. Rather than using a lens like in my piece, he strings together actual glass rods that run from floor to ceiling. These rods are created with the optical properties necessary to generate the lenticular effects.
Mark Wlaz Artist Statement
Colored light is my subject matter. The “Light Structures” series is about the transformation of light, which lacks mass, into the illusion of volume and space. My images are vividly colorful and abstract. The process relies upon layering and transparency. Fragments from several dozen light images are integrated into a single finished piece. The notion of capturing light as the subject of artwork evolved from observing the increasing emphasis placed upon the virtual realm in our daily lives. I am fascinated by the differences between perception and vision. In this way the work is inspired by color dynamics. Colors shift as they are affected by neighboring colors, varying intensities, boundaries and layers.
Artwork above: Left - Recalling the Day Daddy Left Home
Visit Mark's website at markwlazphotography.com
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