Create > Vortograph Images
Goal: Using mirrors and reflections create 10 abstract vortographs
A vortograph is the first completely abstract kind of photograph. It is composed of kaleidoscopic repetitions of forms achieved by photographing objects through a triangular arrangement of three mirrors. Alvin Landon Coburn pioneered the non objective photographic style in 1917. The fractured planes and complex space characteristic of vortograph reflect Coburn’s interest in Cubism. To get the effect put three mirrors together in triangle from and shoot through them. Other options include:
Go to a picture framing shop, and see if you can talk them into taking some scrap glass and cutting you three 1x6 inch pieces. Tape them together into a triangular prism, hold it in front of your lens and shoot through one of the open ends.
For around $10...
Go to a local stained glass shop (or order online) and get a kaleidoscope kit. Assemble the mirrors into a triangular prism, and shoot through one open end.
For around $30...
Order three 1x6 inch first surface mirrors from the "scientificities" division of Edmund Optics. Assemble the mirrors into a triangle and shoot through it.
Trigger Mechanisms: Distort, Reflection, Experimentation
Alvin Landon Coburn (Eastman House) > http://goo.gl/Pv0v9N
Westosha Examples > https://goo.gl/photos/TJrsmMvEbwcxF6v59
Coburn Video > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOVcWUQHNC4
Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
- Evaluate the results
Reflect > Should I go back and rework anything?
- Providing Recognition
Publish > Share your album to our G+Community > Concepts & Creations category
- Providing Feedback