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Picture Box Redux: New Perspectives on Pictorial Imaging

Cadieux, Lee (2011) Picture Box Redux: New Perspectives on Pictorial Imaging. In: The Second International Conference on the Image, Kursaal Congress Palace, San Sebastian, Spain. Common Ground Publishing. 50 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Artists have used the Picture Box to solve problems of near and far perspective in painting and drawing throughout history. It’s development dates back thousands of years with elements of its evolution evidenced in Prehistoric rock paintings from Europe and Africa and Ancient Egyptian Bas relief.Picture Box elements have resurfaced at various times, and in various art-forms including Stage Design, Photography, Cinema, and Animation. Stage Designers represent far perspective on shallow platforms by positioning realistic props in front of painted back-drops. Photographers use depth of field to isolate foreground figures and blur background imagery. Film directors construct elaborate sets and choreograph complex camera movement to force perspective and point of view. Disney’s horizontal multiplane camera allowed two dimensional images to be photographed in three dimensional space.More recently, we have seen the Picture Box evidenced in Computer Graphics Imagery, (CGI) Objects viewed by virtual cameras are rendered in a pyramid-shaped volume known as a viewing frustum; which is structured in many ways, not unlike, the Picture Box.While technologies evolve and adapt, the Picture Box continues to provide a solution forrepresenting near and far perspective in image making.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Future and Virtual Worlds
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:20540
Deposited By: Mr Lee Cadieux
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 14:35
Last Modified:29 Nov 2011 14:35

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