By now, we’ve all seen the gigapixel landscape shots over the years, but I’m pretty sure never seen anything like the 900 gigapixel portrait series Swiss photographer Daniel Borschung has undertaken. I’m not much of a numbers guy, but when you have a robot arm taking 600 pictures of your subject with a macro lens, the results are a tiny bit mind blowing.
I love photographing people for the simple fact that I like to capture emotion.
The results of Daniel’s work here are pretty emotionless, but that's not too surprising. Rather than trying to get between the "skin and the shirt" of his subjects to capture their true essence, he completely removes the connection between himself and his subject by having a giant robot arm take over 600 images of his subject while he mans a computer.
The sole purpose is to produce what he refers to as “Face Cartographs” – literally, using his 180mm macro lens and the insane level of detail he gets from stitching together 600 photos to map the face of his subjects. What he ends up with is a 900 million pixel, 600-image portrait of the face of his subject.
As you can see from the images on his site, the level of details is both astonishing, fascinating and also very clinical. This isn’t a Newman or a Karsch, but in an era where obsession over technicality and numbers often prevails, perhaps this is at least a clear reflection of the sign of our times.
Whether you love or loathe these portraits, you can’t help but deny there is some impact you get from examining and studying the deep pores, wrinkles and hairs as you scan the face of the subjects. Drop a comment below and let me know what you think of them.