Kurt Vonnegut neatly describes the concept of slit scans in his novel ‘Slaughterhouse Five’:
“The Tralfamadorians can look at all the different moments just that way we can look at a stretch of the Rocky Mountains, for instance. They can see how permanent all the moments are, and they can look at any moment that interests them. It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone it is gone forever.”

With a traditional slit scan, the camera film is steadily rolled under a narrow slit such that each moment of time is captured from one end to the other. This technique creates interesting and unusual distortions in time.

I have used video editing techniques to endow myself with Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfalmodorian vision:

Laser storm photos

I decided I was going to photograph the wind – there was an exciting storm called Barney on and I wanted to photograph the … more

Water tank slit scans

These slit scans were made with a fish tank, some plastic strips to mask off a strip, some sheets of black paper, lots of … more

Laser on tree in gale

The pattern is a record of the branches and twigs swaying to and fro in and out of the laser line. … more

Artweeks at OVADA

I’m showing some prints at the OVADA warehouse for Artweeks starting with the private view on Thursday 8th May at 6pm – all welcome! … more

Reykjavik to Selfoss Panorama

This landscape was recorded from 2 mins 12 seconds of footage on the journey from Reykjavik to Selfoss. The panorama is a mirror image … more

Oxford Hackspace Stammtisch

Powered by Zoomify The slit scan camera was set up by the entrance of the OVADA warehouse pointing towards the front door and the … more

Slit Scan St Aldates

I set up my robotic scan bot on a dustbin in St Aldate’s and let the camera scan for 2 revolutions. People looked on … more

Carousel and Twister Slit Scan

This is a slit scan the Carousel with horses in the background and the twister in the foreground. The time is projected from the … more

Cowley Road Slit Scan

Slit Scan of the Cowley Road Carnival featuring myself in reflected in a wobbly fairground mirror before beinig told off by security guards for … more

Jodrell Bank Slit Scans

Lovell Telescope Vertical Slit Scan from Hugh Pryor on Vimeo. Here is a video I made using digital slit scan techniques. You can hear … more