The distinguishing quality of the 360-degree
panorama occurs when it
is laid out as a flat print before the viewer. It presents the
circumstance where the environment completely surrounding a single
of view can be confronted directly.
The physical 360-degree space surrounding the camera's position in the
field is not held in a contiguous manner. I rotate around and through 360
consecutive degrees, challenged to pre-visualize how light, line, shape and
depth in successive directions will appear once recorded and displayed in a
The scene takes on new meaning in this way. The flat 360-degree print
permits all the information in an environment to be conspicuous and
considered at once. There's an integrity and veracity to landscapes held in
context to their surroundings that does not exist with standard modes of
photography. Without benefit of a contiguous 360-degree image, scenes
from a single location are bereft of associative patterns and realism. While
borders of conventional photographs are often intrinsic to their content
printing the slit-scan image beyond 360 degrees leaves each part of the
scene in relationship to proximities extending in all directions and as part
of a whole.
These qualities expand the breadth of photographic and visual literacy.
The complete panorama necessitates a vision that is challenging. It adds
dimension and context to the way we see and conceptualize space.
Each image requires many hours of preparation for final printing. Sizes
may range up to four feet high by twenty feet long. A single print one-foot
high by 60 inches long requires several hours in actual printing time and
must be frequently attended.
Prints are reproduced on 100 percent cotton acid free papers with
pigment inks. The papers are soft and velvety to the touch. The exact
longevity of a print is unknown.