artist scannerScanners, at least flatbed scanners, are typically used to scan documents and photos, converting them into digital images that we can store on our computers. Sure, you could take the occasional object like a tablet, smartphone, or even a soft toy and scan it if you wanted, although sometimes the results aren’t exactly optimal.

However it seems that one artist by the name of Nathaniel Stern has decided to take digital scanning to a whole new level, by taking it underwater. Wait, do scanners even work underwater? The answer to that question is yes, it does, but only if you house it in a waterproof casing, which Stern did by cobbling together a case made from melted and welded plexiglas, plastic bags, duct tape, and so on.

rippling imagesThe results from his scans are actually pretty interesting. They are part of his Rippling Images series of abstract photos, although we guess they’re considered abstract due to the way they turned out, but if snapped with a proper camera, they’re actually images of underwater creatures and flora and fauna.

According to Stern, “My movements underwater, my relations to life and gravity, what I see and cannot see, fish and plants, breathing and fluidity, all affect and are affected as these images [are] being made.” Pretty cool stuff, huh? Are these pieces of art you wouldn’t mind hanging in your house?

[Image credit – Emy Mazzola]

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