A few years ago, I set out to reinvent photography. I didn’t have a good idea how to do this, I just knew I wanted to make something original, and combining photography with my electronics skills seemed like a good way to do that. It failed at reinventing photography, but I succeeded in writing a clickbait first sentence, and the process was lots of fun too.
It all started one night, when I was having drinks with a friend and looking for something new to do with photography. Our conversation went something like this:
- I need to do something original with photography.
- Maybe I could combine technology and photography to create something new, but what could it be?
- I know! I’ll make a light stick thing.
The idea was great, I would use a LED strip to display images in mid-air, like those persistence of vision displays. I could set the camera to record a long exposure, then move the strip and trace a pattern in the air. I had never seen anyone do this before, so the first thing I did was what everyone does when they have a groundbreaking idea: I searched the web to see if this already existed.