Friday, April 09, 2010

Video Portraits at the Center For Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art

In the 19th Century, photographic portraiture was a very different process than today. In order to get a good image, the subject had to sit very still for up to a minute to avoid motion blur. Instead of the ISO of 400+ we have now with our digital portraits, the colloidal glass "Film" was rated about ASA 1. To demonstrate the time required to sit still for such a portrait, we had our video portrait taken to see of we had what it takes to keep a straight face. In this "out take" Chuck D'Arcy sits for his video portrait by artist of the month, Romie Faienza. After taking the portraits, we viewed them to see if we passed the stillness test. After this experiment we went to a lecture and demonstration of colloidal glass plate photography by France Scully Osterman.

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