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 This artist waterproofed a scanner to create stunning ocean art
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Nathaniel Stern dives beneath the sea armed with DIY photography rigs toggled from custom electronics. The artist's results? Bizarre and beautiful.

“In my ongoing series of “Compressionism” prints, I strap a desktop scanner, computing device and custom battery pack to my body, and perform images into existence.” That’s how artist Nathaniel Stern describes his collection of unconventional images captured with a desktop scanner. An extension of this project is “Rippling Images,” a new collection which takes the idea underwater. Stern worked with a team to create a “marine rated” scanner rig, which he took with him as he scuba-dived off the coast of Key Largo, florida. The results in the gallery below show the ocean environment as interpreted through Stern’s scanner and body movements. That explains the rippling part, at least.

mangrove

Metallic print (2014); 500 x 1000 mm

mangrove
reef

Metallic print (2014); 500 x 1000 mm

reef
school

metallic print (2014); 500 x 1000 mm

school
composition

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

composition
flower

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

flower
fossilized

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

fossilized
jellyfish

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

jellyfish
mushroom

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

mushroom
shallow

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

shallow
formation

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

formation
bryum

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

bryum
fanning

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

fanning
fishness

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

fishness
metallic

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

metallic
soft

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

soft
aqueous

metallic print (2014); 130 x 200 mm

aqueous
shoring

metallic print (2014); 130 x 200 mm

shoring
surfacing

metallic print (2014); 130 x 200 mm

surfacing

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Related artworks: Rippling Images, Giverny Remediated, Giverny of the Midwest, The Giverny Series, Compressionism documentation
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