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.