Field Study – “Studies in Z axis”

Varies Medium experimentations of perpetual z axis movements.
Through out this on going technical study I have been experiment with the Z axis of video. The project initially started off as an animated photographic test involving digitally manipulated photos of the Golda Meir Library on the University of Milwaukees campus (Fig. 1).  This effect was created by creating a hollowed image, with a transparent square in the center of the photograph. This photograph was then sequenced with a loop of the same image with a scale from 0>∞. The scale change must be set to a cropped exponential rate (Fig. 2).
In the below Graphic we can the the exponential scale shift of each of these images. This expo. scale will account for the rate of change we observe as an object gets closer to us. {The object appears to move slower as its farther away, and faster when up close}.
Taking this same idea/technique, I then experimented with a non-digital version by using an optical printer and 16mm film. The same principal of duplication is used, but instead the frame is photographed and “animated”  in repetition until given the illusion of Z axis. I took this one step further by then duplication the sequence in the same fashion to give the impression of gaining speed. The Below are the results of the test…
My next, and most ambitious attempt, was a z-axis running sequence from my animation “Cull” . The scene adds to the previous two experiments in accounting for the lack of parallax as we move through the space. This posed a difficult and time consuming solution. I arrive at an elaborate and modular grid system of squares that I could move along various axises. In the top image below we see the full composition of a path in the forest. Below that we see a single row on one angle of the perspective grid. This grid is then made up of individual square with carious trees, plants, and forest objects which I can then string together in a moving line. The photo on the bottom is a zoomed in image of one of these squares which is composed of hundred of recolored and scaled images of grass, and plants. These images making up the comp. are real photographs that were masked and duplicated to create a realistic collage scene. All these rolls/square are then personally placed to fill a 10 second clip (roughy 65 squares per row and 5 rows per side) then looped to make a seamless clip.
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