For This Photographer's Eerie Slit Scan Portraits, It's All About Time

July 18, 2014 4:07 PM

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For This Photographer's Eerie Slit Scan Portraits, It's All About Time

Slit scan photography is an old-school technique for generating celestial special effects -- think 2001: A Space Odyssey or Star Trek's Enterprise at warp speed. It was also especially useful in deciding the winner of horse race photo-finishes. But as technologies improved in cinema and at the racetrack, slit scan, as a photographic method, slowly faded away.

But recently, Honolulu-based photographer Atis Puampai has started making "face-peeled" portraits, using slit scan cameras he reconfigured from other cameras. He documented his process on YouTube (see the video below, in which Puampai photographs his girlfriend using his "Facepeeler Mark II," a Holg...

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