Off and on over the past two years I've been experimenting, with making Quicktime VR's and thinking about the utility of this "new" image making technique buck the notion that, as a good friend suggested to me recently, VR's are, essentially, a "one trick pony". (SEE "virtual real estate tours". OK. I get the point...)
As with any picture making process, what the "artist" brings to the table has EVERYTHING to do with whether or not they are producing a disposable image even if it is technically proficient or, better yet instead, creating a compelling observation of "the world", one's own, singular perspective. After all, what does an individual VR producer do with the technology once they get over the fact that "it spins!"?
In my opinion, both Janie Fitzgerald (SEE her "a special gallery" link, then jump into the little imaginareums she has created there) and Charles Evans both are primo examples of individual artists utilizing the medium to share with us a sort of new world vision. Watching them evolve their work over the past two years of my own journey into "immersive photography" has been an ongoing inspiration.
The World Wide Panorama Summer Solstice project has been a great opportunity for me to contribute a favorite cultural treasure of mine for the event. It also provided me the opportunity to shoot additional content for a personal project I have had on the back burner for some time now, an interactive CD illustrating places I have discovered by "scouting locations" for print and film ads over the past two decades. (SEE press release regarding my involvement in the WWPSS project.)
Here are two panoramas of the Wukoki ruins, part of Wupatki National Monument.