Carlo van De Roer – The Portrait Machine Project

“These portraits are made with a Polaroid aura camera developed in the 1970s by an American scientist in an attempt to record what a psychic might see. This project explores the idea that a portrait photograph can reveal an otherwise unseen and accurate insight into the subject’s character.” – Carlos van De Roer

Miranda July, 2009

Camera generated description: “Everything which is thought and desired must become reality”.
People see Miranda as: “… seems to get everything (she) needs

…complete fusion between (her) and what (she puts her) attention on”

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Miranda July’s camera generated chart

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Miranda July’s description

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Terence Koh, 2008

Camera generated description: “Perserverance and tenacity. Persistance, self-assertion, obstinacy, self-esteem, and teaching..”

People see Terence as: “Willing to work, to gain wealth in terms of educational, cultural, or physical attainments.”

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Aurel Schmidt, 2009
Camera generated description:
“Perseverance and tenacity. Persistance, self assertion, obstinacy, self esteem and teaching…”

People see Aurel as…

“Creative endeavor…putting Out and creating

…up, happy, willing to work. ”

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Tim Barber, 2008

Camera generated description:

“Creative, artistic…Constructive self expression is important to (him)”

People see Tim as…

“…alive, outgoing, sexual and powerful

…working hard…

…conquest…”

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Benjamin Morsberger, 2008
Camera generated description:
“Creative, artistic…

Constructive self expression is important to (him).”

People see Benjamin as…

“…alive, outgoing, sexual and powerful
…working hard…
…conquest…”

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Yoko Okutsu, 2008

Camera generated description:
“Peace, tranquility, contentment, tenderness, love, and affection are the qualities most important to (Yoko)”

People see Yoko as…”willing to work, to gain wealth in terms of educational, cultural, or physical attainments “

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Richard Kern and  Martynka Wawrzyniak, 2008

Camera generated description: “…truth and trust, love and dedication.”

People see them as…

“…the calm in the troubled sea.

…loyalty… …a relaxed sensitivty, empathy, for esthetic experience.”

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Laurel Ptak, 2008

Camera generated description:
“Perseverance and tenacity. Persistence, self assertion, obstinacy, self esteem and teaching…”

People see Laurel as…

“…willing to work, to gain wealth in terms of educational, cultural, or physical attainments. “

“The subject is connected directly to the camera by hand-plates that measure biofeedback, which the camera depicts as an aura of color in the Polaroid and translates into a printed diagram and description explaining the camera’s interpretation of the subject. It also explains separately, what the the subject is expressing and how they are seen by others, such as the photographer, suggesting the camera bypasses the control of the photographer and subject in making the portrait. This printout, which includes information about the subjects emotions, potential, aspirations, future, etc. is presented to the viewer along with each photograph in a similar manner to a caption.

The aura camera has undertones of pseudo-scientific authority and attributes associated with a less mediated type of photography. It’s a modified land camera that uses instant film and has only one button, allowing the photographer little control over the mechanisms mediating the portrait making process.

Aura photography is a relatively recent offshoot of spirit photography. Unlike attempts to record images of ghosts, aura photography evolved from a type of spirit photography – popular around the time diagnostic imaging devices like the x-ray emerged — which sought to objectively measure and document unseen aspects of the human body.

I am photographing people who are familiar to me, or that I have expectations of — including friends and people whose personalities are in the public sphere.”

http://www.vanderoer.com

http://theportraitmachine.com

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