Image and text courtesy of Andrew Wajs from the series ‘Ijmuiden; The Mechanical Eye’.
“Ijmuiden is a fishing town in the Netherlands. What I find interesting in Ijmuiden is industrialization of what we normally think of as being a pre-industrial interaction between people and nature.
I have designed digital cameras. What is quite surprising is how much effort goes into having the camera produce images that we consider to be natural. We often think of a camera as a mechanical eye, however a camera captures and processes images entirely differently to the human visual system. Camera designers spend enormous amounts of effort tinkering with parameters to have the camera create a natural looking image and this becomes very difficult in low light conditions. Capturing images at night highlights the divergence of visualization between human and machine. You perceive the image as being other worldly and unnatural. You feel reassured in the cameras failure in its mission to be a mechanical eye”.
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