let’s scanography

Say what now?

During another long creative lull I eventually accepted it and fell into research mode. I even re-started doing a physical visual diary. I gathered images I found inspiring, printed them out and well, obviously stuck them into my visual diary. I also did a lot of reading and took a nice break off social media.

During one of my researches, I came across a term ‘scanography’ no, not the medical term, quick goggle search:

Scanography (also spelled scannography), more commonly referred to as scanner photography, is the process of capturing [digitised images] of objects for the purpose of creating printable [art] using a flatbed with a [CCD (charge-coupled device)] array capturing device. Fine art scanography differs from traditional document scanning by using atypical objects, often three-dimensional, as well as from photography, due to the nature of the scanner’s operation.

Thanks Wikipedia!

I decided to give it a go. Well, it was not like my scanner was doing much, I haven’t had any rolls of film developed in awhile. I have several cameras loaded with unfinished film (a bad habit I can’t break).
I grabbed some dried flowers I keep stored up in the garage and added some ideas for my on going project – I started 4 years ago by the way:

‘The Dead Flowers Journal’

First I had to make a box to sit over the objects, which was actually time consuming, especially when I was excited and wanted to get the damn thing done in a hurry. Once done, I “artfully” and gently laid items onto the glass flatbed – gently because I would be beside myself if I broke my scanner!

What you need:
* a flatbed scanner
* black thick paper – measure to fit over your scanner (if you’re unsure how to make a box, do a quick google search OR find an old shoebox you can paint black on the inside). You can also use any colour paper.
* duck tape
* scissors
* various items/things you feel like scanning
* Photoshop
* Lightroom (or whatever photo editing software you prefer)

At first, the scanner wasn’t responding. I had assumed it was going to be as simple as pressing the [scan] button and away it went. I tried for a few minutes to figure out on my own what was going on. But I ended up giving in and did another quick search on the internet.

All I had to do was go into Photoshop instead – File> Import > images from device and it opened up the scanner. I hit ‘overview’ and my scanner whirled into life straight away and that’s….

when I saw magic appear onto my computer screen….

My first impression was shock surprise. The above image of the skull and flowers look like an oil painting and I do love making moody images.
Once I got the hang of it – well, it is pretty straight forward I grabbed more flowers and happily scanned away:

These were then edited in Lightroom CC, I added a bit more contrast to give them a nice richer colour.

Over to you, how do you cope when you’re in a creativity lull?


Further reading:
Scanography – Wikipedia
Scannography – Scan Art

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