This past year I learned about a new art form called Scannography. Honestly, I don’t even know how to spell it but it was the coolest thing I have learned in school so far! This is a new art form that uses a scanner [duh]. It does not have parameters or rules; you just use a scanner and create. I learned about this in my digital media class from my teacher, Jerry. Jerry is the type of teacher that you hope you get every semester: doesn’t care if you come to class, is laid back, and you automatically get an A. But Jerry, unlike many professors, cared. He was passionate and it resonated through the classroom. He taught me to take risks in my work, whatever work that might be, and not to be afraid to fail. (Sidenote: I think no matter how many times you are told to not be afraid to fail, it is still terrifying and not a pleasant experience.) Anyway…
One day Jerry told us a story about a guy who took his scanner, put it on his window and moved side to side to get the city scape outside his window. He made a gallery with the pictures and called it Scannography and thus the art form was born. Now, Jerry is an old man and that story might not even be correct, but that is besides the point. This guy took chances. I mean, what a weirdo he must of looked like from the outside in! But now he’s probably a millionaire and has made a new art form.
I really wanted to tell you all the details about scannography and how you can use it, but it seems to pale in comparison to the moral point of this blog post. The point, at least to me, is that we shouldn’t be afraid of being “weird.” Weirdness leads to new inventions and great things… sometimes. So rock your weird side today and create something new!
Also, if you would like more information on scannography, go to www.scannography.org
This blog was written by our design intern, Alexa Verroi. Alexa is a student at the University of Alabama majoring in Advertising, minoring in Art. In her free time she likes to cook, watch Family Guy, and visit lobby.