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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.

Metallic print (2014); 500 x 1000 mm

mangrove

Metallic print (2014); 500 x 1000 mm

reef

metallic print (2014); 500 x 1000 mm

school

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

composition

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

flower

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

fossilized

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

jellyfish

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

mushroom

metallic print (2014); 300 x 500 mm

shallow

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

formation

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

bryum

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

fanning

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

fishness

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

metallic

metallic print (2014); 210 x 305 mm

soft

metallic print (2014); 130 x 200 mm

aqueous

metallic print (2014); 130 x 200 mm

shoring

metallic print (2014); 130 x 200 mm

surfacing

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