Photo Recursion Effect with Smartphones in a Circle

When Toronto-based photo enthusiast Alexander Kolomietz had a birthday party recently, he asked his guests to stand in a circle, pull out their smartphones, and simultaneously snap a photo of the LCD screen on the next camera in the circle. Kolomietz then collected the resulting photographs and turned them into the photo recursion effect seen in this video.

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Oooh, the next step in iPhonography, now you can only see the backs of peoples’ heads. We’re doomed.

  • Tavis Dunn

    Worlds’ lamest birthday party.
    cool effect though….

  • Alexander Kolomietz

    The same can be done with video recordings too. Should look much more spectacular…

  • Dawn Danko

    That’s really cool!!! I will have to remember this for wedding videos.

  • Alexander Kolomietz

    Your piece is not exactly what I meant. Imagine that participants of this photo-recursion trick would record videos instead of taking pictures. Each video would capture the screen of the next person as well as the live moving surrounding scene. Each video would be shaky and jittering of course. And then using AE we can gradually applying video stabilization zoom into the next person’s screen and then to the next screen and so forth. So on the top of traveling from one screen to another like we see in this video we would witness the live moving scene outside and inside each screen…

  • Regner Blok-Andersen

    Really cool effect.

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Stop it!

  • Norshan Nusi

    Great idea! :D

    Even though it feels like CSI…zooming the blurry picture, suddenly a sharp picture pops up.

  • Sid Ceaser

    . . . aaaaand at 1:04 is when I went into a Pokemon-like seizure. Thanks.

  • Jordan

    Kinda loose and fast with the word ‘party’ there.