Cameras and photographic image-making thread through just about everything I do, and at this point it’s safe to say it’s grown into an all-consuming obsession. An obsession with great aesthetic surplus, and one that has led to some great things, like the DIY Book Scanner community, a camera-hacking project gone global.
FuturePicture.org is where I’ll be detailing research and development of computational cameras. I’ve just published an article there about the history of light field imaging and computational cameras. It is the result of a year-long collaboration with my dear friend Ekaterina Avramova of the Obninsk State University for Nuclear Power Engineering. Together, we unearthed, translated, and made available a missing, historically important paper by P.P. Sokolov which describes one of the very first light field capture systems.
FuturePicture.org will serve as a site where I review the field and report on new innovations, but none of this work happens alone. Matti Kariluoma, co-founder of FuturePicture, and I have been working hard on a computational camera array, which will be the subject of the next post. This array, which effectively implements the principles of synthetic aperture radar, but for cameras, is the beginning of what is already an intense investigation into the future of photography.