Finger Follows Function

April 2014

  • Photography
  • Long Exposure

With Paula Te at CIID.

The principle of “form follows function” is being challenged by modern industrial design now that our smartphones and laptops are shaped as rectangular boxes with a glass screen. Using long-exposure photography, we set out to reveal the functionality of these devices to the naked eye by capturing the interactions of a person doing ordinary tasks.

A red LED is attached to the subject’s finger and the shutter is held open while they execute a common task like scrolling through a Facebook feed or typing up an e-mail. By keeping the camera’s shutter open, we capture the trace of the movement, revealing both the flow and density of their gestures.

Throughout the week, we also explored DSLR manipulation, high-speed photography, stop-motion animation, time slicing and post-processing video effects.

We presented this work along with “Beaming it Right” at the end of the class.