Digitally Averaged Portraits

Over my summer in Barcelona I took the Computational Photography class taught by Irfan Essa. It was an interesting class where we learned how we can use computers and digital processes to create photographs that would be impossible to create with a camera alone. It was not just a class on Photoshop as we learned many techniques including high dynamic range imaging, panoramas, fourier filters, image dissection and analysis.

As we were given free reign to choose what we wanted to do for our final project I chose to create digitally averaged portraits inspired by the Face of Tomorrow project. For my subjects I used the other students and professors from the study abroad group. I took portraits of 16 women, 24 men and the 3 professors and morphed their faces together successively until I had a final digitally averaged portrait for each group. The male and female digital averages are below; the process was quite time consuming but I think the results were well worth it.

Copying as Creating

This summer in Barcelona I took the ethics class, Computers & Society, co-taught by Merrick Furst and Irfan Essa. I composed a paper for the class on the importance of copying as a valid form of creation. I argue that the longer and more prohibitive copyrights of modern day harm our culture and creativity by tracing the use of copying in the past. I attempted to provide a new look at the the issue of modern copyright law with respect to past views of copyright.

Copying as Creating – Andrew Trusty (pdf)