UNSEEN Photography as a 360-degree experience

Irish photographer Clare Langan created with Lava Lab photography as a 360-degree experience, as part of her photo exhibition that was premiering at Unseen Photography festival 2014, at Anita Beckers gallery. This project was part of the collaboration of Lava Lab with Firestarters at Unseen. The result of the project is a 360 degree experience with audio, viewed through an Oculus Rift: Facebook's virtual reality headset.

The project takes the viewer inside the photograph, which is the scenery of Western Ireland. Clare Langan uses infrared technique in her photographs, that she used as well for the 360 degree version. At Lava Lab we used specific software to stitch the ± 250 photographs together into a 360 degree sphere for the Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard. The infrared technique created an spooky but beautiful atmosphere. Together with the audio, that was created specifically for this scenery and photograph, the experience became even more immersive and enabled visitors to temporarily escape the hectic festival area.

Clare did an artist talk together with the Lava Lab / Firestarters DIY virtual reality workshops about this experience and the collaboration with Lava Lab.

By Klasien van de Zandschulp, Fosca Salvi and Marjolein Fennis.

Photo: Yannick van de Wijngaert
Photo: Clare Langan
Photo: Clare Langan