Photo Booth Mask-------------------------------------------------------------/
Art Director: Mark Pernice
Sculpture and Painting: Christian Hanson
Photography: Mark Pernice, Scott Altmann, Douglas Thompson (Set 2)
Using Apple's Photo Booth application as inspiration, the idea was to take the 2D image that it manipulated and create a tangible face in a real environment, then in turn bring it back into a 2D image. Using Photo Booth on the mask itself may create some sort of paradoxical shift where I cease to exist.
UPDATE: The posters are in, and here they are. If you'd like one, send an e-mail and maybe you'll get one in the s-mail. Also, the talentad photographer Douglas Thompson took some new photos with some really nice results.
Apple's Photo Booth application is entry-level face-stretching inspiration for millions of Mac owners. In the hands of a trained professional, it's... frankly, freaking everybody out.
Mark Pernice's 'Photo Booth Mask' is the result of taking design off the page and dragging it kicking and screaming (and also drooling) into the real world. What began as an exercise to teach his in-laws how to use their iMac ended in a project that Fast Company called "delightfully horrible" and Gizmodo called "almost divine grotesqueness."
"I was showing my wife's parents around their new iMac and had to show them Photo Booth... Because of course, that's the first thing you do when introducing someone to a Mac," Pernice says. "When looking back at the bizarre images, I thought it would be equally weird to see them actually in front of me."
"The idea was to take the 2D image that Photo Booth manipulated and create a tangible face in a real environment; then, in turn, bring it back into a 2D image," Pernice says. While 'Photo Booth Mask' may be the first in a series, there's one idea Mark is resistant to. "Using Photo Booth on the mask itself. It may create some sort of paradoxical shift where I cease to exist."