Category: Glossary


lasting a very short time; the autumnal blaze of colors is always to be treasured, all the more so because it is so ephemeral
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

AgiSoft StereoScan is a free program that can convert a stereo pair of photographs into a 3D model. I am exploring the technique of photogrammetry in stereo to convert ephemeral models into 3D, digital surfaces. This is the first test. The model may be orbited by clicking and dragging the surface. Download a pdf of the stereo photogrammetry test. The newest version of Acrobat reader is required to view the 3D surface.

ephemeral model

Elizabeth Turner just coined the term ephemeral models. An ephemeral model is a short lived model that can only be seen in its entirety through blended photography.


From WordNet Search, Princeton:
(n) transformation, translation (the act of changing in form or shape or appearance) “a photograph is a translation of a scene onto a two-dimensional surface

“Photography is a transformation.” – Christian Korab


“Designed by Jeremy Bentham in the late 1700s, the Panopticon provides the architectural means to enhance control while minimizing the actual supervision required. ” Digital Cross Rhodes

Prison Presidio Modelo, Inside one of the buildings, December 2005 via wikipedia

This experiment has been conducted with a camera set up that is similar to Bentham’s Panopticon.

white space

example: a courtyard, park, atrium

the areas of a page without print or pictures
-Merriam Webster Dictionary

that portion of a page left unmarked: the space between graphics, margins, gutters, space between columns, space between lines of type or figures and objects drawn or depicted

eye filter

An eye filter is a device, drawing, diagram or photograph that allows you to distill a visual idea.


A photocline is the edge of shade and glare in a daylit room.

Place attachment

“The formation of an emotional bond with one’s immediate environment.”

peripheral perception

“Unconscious peripheral perception transforms retinal gestalt into spatial and bodily experiences. Peripheral vision integrates us with space, while focused vision pushes us out of the space, making us mere spectators.”

-Juhani Pallasmaa in The Eyes of the Skin, pp. 13

How does architectural photography remove our peripheral perception? How can it restore it in order to integrate the viewer in the space?

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