Taking Inventory of Yourself

Photogrammetry, Control, and Identity

A photogrammetry portrait made from 30 self-portraits taken over 30 days.

The Process

At the start of February 2021 I began to take an image of myself everyday. I sat down on the edge of my bed, straightened my posture, and looked forward at the same spot in the corner of the room. Each day I moved the tripod a few inches to the right along a semicircle marked by tape I had placed on the carpet. I would set the shutter on a timer and position myself in the dictated spot. I would pre-visualize how the soft Rembrandt lighting would hit my face as I waited for the flash to pop. I did this for 30 consecutive days.

The path of images maps the movement of the camera in my hands as I held down the shutter. It winds and circles back. Joyously inefficient.
A “light stage” can capture photorealistic models. (Source)
Each image in a boomerang time lapse from the 30 day period.

Control of Identity

Identity formation is, as I understand it, a cycle of breakage and reconstruction. What I was observing from my portrait was that photogrammetry works in similar ways. Perhaps there is some lesson to learn from that.

The UV texture map for the photogrammetry model, fragmented into islands, shattered! Without any formation of it, it looks like a mess.
Is this an… inventory?

Photogrammetry and Identity

What do the metaverse, the Proteus effect, and dividuals have to do with photogrammetry? They serve as the background and context in which photogrammetry operates. Photogrammetry can visualize the system of control in the air and serves as a powerful metaphor for identify formation today.

Wearing my generated portrait as a mask.