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Picture Box Redux: New Perspectives on Pictorial Imaging

Cadieux, Lee (2012) Picture Box Redux: New Perspectives on Pictorial Imaging. THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE IMAGE, 2 (3). pp. 139-152. [Journal article]

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Abstract

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 backdrops. 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:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of Media, Film & Journalism
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Future and Virtual Worlds
Centre for Media Research
ID Code:27311
Deposited By: Mr Lee Cadieux
Deposited On:29 Sep 2013 11:56
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:11

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