Scanography – Alternative Cataloging/”Photography”

“Scannography (also called scanography, Scanner Photography or
Scan-art) is a new way to represente the world around us.”

It is an alternative form of photography but the differences is quite huge.  A few of them are the absence of perspective and of depth of field, the regularity of the light captured by thousands of captors. I felt it creates a new perspective to the way images is captured and also gives a tactile connection with the object/person I’m capturing.


scanner hadnheld






A scanner could be a tool to use for my self-observation instead of photography. I bought a handheld portable scanner for flexibility in terms of time and place, allowing me the freedom to observe without the constraint. Below shows the sample images I tested with the scanner, playing around just to get the feel of it. After looking at references of scanography artistes online, I noticed that I’ll need a clear flat surface to “squash” my objects to be able to properly capture it, otherwise it’ll glitch up, which may not be a bad thing as well.






















Taotronics DS001 Handheld Scanner

Artist Reference #1: Rebecca Wild

“I specialises in the technique of scanography, resulting in work that is both experimental and spontaneous.Using the scanner as both a camera and a canvas, I question the way art is formed and approach the idea of creating art in a new light.” She creates abstract pieces using paint and the nature of fluidity that evokes movement even with the freeze frame nature of a scanner.

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Artist Reference #2: Angki Purbandono


Artist Research #4: Digital Age Artistes/Designers : Charlie Clark (Interactive Designer) , Bredan Dawes (Designer / Artist), Andy Willis (Designer / Artist)

Big bang data

I got interested in working with analogue and converting to a digital output through one of the work (Cinema Redux) by Bredan Dawes at the Big Bang Data exhibition in the Art Science Musuem. The idea of using a huge collection of data to translate an overall emotion and to provide another point of view that creates a dialogue with the audience is an output that I felt would work with what I am trying to portray at the end.

1.) Charlie Clark

A site designed and developed by Charlie Clark exploring the use of color in movies.

How It Works:

  •  A bash script runs ffmpeg to export frames from a video file.
  • The frame rate of the exports depends on the length of the video.
  • The bash script then calls a PHP script which extracts the average color from each frame.
  • The results are spit out as a JSON file with the hex values in an array.
  • The front-end runs on backbone, and presents the color data.
  • Navigate the colors in a number of ways, and compare the color to each frame.

2.)Bredan Dawes

Vertigo by Stanley Kubrick



“Cinema Redux creates a single visual distillation of an entire movie; each row represents one minute of film time, comprised of 60 frames, each taken at one second intervals. The result is a unique fingerprint of an entire movie, born from taking many moments spread across time and bringing all of them together in one single moment to create something new.”

3.)Andy Willis

Wall-E (left), Moonrise Kingdom (right)










A Python-based project that conceptualizes classic movies not in words or storyboards, but highly-detailed color patterns.

It translates every second of a film into a single block of color, based on a composite of every frame within that second. These blocks are then arranged in chronological order for every film, with 60 in each row (representing one minute of screen time). The result is a massive, pixelated map that allows viewers to visualize the chromatic contours of a film in a single glance.