The Revolving Camera - An Experiment in Perceptual Physics
If you’ve been paying attention to Buzzfeed, Gizmodo and the like over the past couple days, you may have come across this awesome project by French designer Oscar Lhermitte. It is based on a simple, and odd, question: What happens when you attach a camera to a power drill?
The end result is a collection of abstract colored rings, each dynamic and unique. This is because the camera is taking “pictures” at a rate of 30 frames per second and the drill is spinning considerably faster than that. Not only do you lose the sensation of a stable image as the frame rate of the camera conflicts with your eyes’ natural tendencies for edge and order, but the camera has lost its normal point of reference: the flat perspective we are used to.
It’s a double-whammy of visual trickery. Not only is it playing on the technical limitations of the camera’s frame rate, but also on your visual cortex’s desire to define edges and perspective.
(via Revolve on Vimeo)