In this session we were looking at ways of reconstructing the High Street. Last session Chris from I Can Make took pictures with a camera on a robotic tripod from the island in the middle of the road. He showed us how this had enabled him to take complicated images in just a few minutes – in Turner’s day this would have taken months!
This lead on to a discussion about how Turner had played around with the perspective of the High Street.
We were also able to look at motion capture technology to see how taking pictures of the same building from different angles can build up a 3D image.
We then experimented with 3 activities:
1. 123d Catch
This app allows you to take 40-70 photos and it renders it together so you are able to move around an object similar to the motion capture technology. We did this bit in an open area of the gallery, to create our own 3D art sculptures.
2. Tracing the High Street
For this activity we went to the gallery to see Turner’s work. We were given a smaller picture of the High St, tracing paper and a ruler to draw orthogonal lines. We could see that Turner had moved buildings meaning there was no consistent line of depth and no central vanishing point.
3. 3D view of the High Street
Using a programme on Chris’ laptop we were able to outline all the elements of a shop on the High Street and add depth, width and height to create a 3D model which can later be used to print a model.
To conclude the session we looked at 3D scans and how they can be used to produce / print toys, parts, miniature buildings. More about this soon.