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Experimental Photography: Amazing Underwater Images Using a Desktop Scanner

By Hanssie on July 14th 2014

Talk about thinking outside of the box.

Nathaniel Stern  is an artist based out of Wisconsin and for the past decade, he has been strapping desktop scanner imaging rigs and battery packs to his body and experimenting with creating images with these devices. In his series, Rippling Images, Stern and his team took the devices underwater, off the coast of Key Largo in Florida.


Image via screencap

Image via screen cap

After months spent getting the proper diving certifications and designing 10 different systems, building 5 devices and finally taking 3 of them with him underwater, the results didn’t quite turn out the way he anticipated.

Everything leaked, everything broke, nothing did what I wanted or expected: and this is precisely what must have happened to finally see the 18 wondrous prints.

The boxes captured some interesting images – nothing Stern had imagined nor intended, but “that,” he says, “is precisely the nature of experimental work.” Nevertheless, Stern finds these images not only interesting, but beautiful and thought provoking. And they certainly are.

Image via screen cap

Image via screen cap

He released this 3 minute video explaining the series and the process:

Make sure you check out Nathaniel Stern’s website to see the rest of the images and more of his interesting experimental work.

[Via Gizmodo/PetaPixel; Video via YouTube]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Michael Moe

    hahahaa great idea!! ;)

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  2. Aaron Spencer

    awesome thinking!

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  3. Stan Rogers

    There is indeed a very fine line between “flexible” and, well, “floppy” when it comes to thinking, and sometimes you just don’t know which side of the line you’re on until you try the idea out. But being able to say “this didn’t do what I wanted, but it did *something* that might be interesting of its own accord” is a strength unto itself. Cool.

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