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Clifford Ross, a Photographer and Inventor

He was a guest speaker in Red Burn's class, and his presentation resonated with me. I saw him last year, when he showed his then-current work of large-scale photographs produced by a camera he designed and paid someone to make (click here to see the camera "R1"). In his quest, to bring the mountain to you, he believes scale and detail is important, which is why the negatives are 9 inches by 18 inches, and can capture in focus anything within 4,000 ft in range. I believe the resolution is in the 5,000-6,000 dpi, but someone can correct me if I'm wrong. Anyway, in person, you can see the shingles of that barn.

In the past, he was collaborating with scientists to make a high-def movie camera that captures 360º so it's kind of like everything you see when you make 1 turn, all at once, which might be projected on his i3 Cyclorama, which is described like a spiralled IMAX screen. I would definitely like to interact with this immersive experience. The above image is a screenshot of one frame projected on a flat screen of what this camera shoots.

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Also, here is a list of what he believes are "necessary ingredients for invention and art:"

1. curiosity
2. persistence

3. be ready to embrace the unexpected

4. collaborate/collaborate with the past

5. pay close attention to accidents

For more info, please visit his site: www.cliffordross.com

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