Capturing in p5

This week we were introduced to video and sound using p5 libraries with many cool functions and possibilities to consider, soooo many that it’s hard for me to choose which ones to focus on.

I was playing with the idea of making an interactive collage which will be made out of a growing database of snap shots that the people who interact with the sketch will make. My plan is to create an array of portrait images that will grow with time using a photo-booth that will open the sketch.

I want it to resemble these images –





I love analyzing faces and to notice all the little details that create a huge variety of expressions and interested in mixing people’s faces. I believe that one day when everyone will literarily mix with each other we will all look very much the same, and will be all very very beautiful.

I started working with this sketch which was made out of an array of copied slices of images, so the images laid one on top of another, and with every click on one of the boxes it revealed the box of the image below –

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Then I added randomness to the size of the slices and got rid of the stroke, so it looked more like this –

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Finally, for now, I added a frame to tie the images together and decided to use portraits from the incredible HONY blog –

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Here it is in it’s in the making version for collaging out

I still need to figure out how to add the photo-booth snap shots to the array and I want to add tint to the images.

I did look for interactive collage applications online but didn’t find anything that I really liked just yet.

I did however found these great gifs.

Also I found this work called  Hexagrama which was created by Lasal who is a graphic programmer, designer, VJ and computer artist based in Berlin and was inspired to start playing with sound and visuals.


On my first attempt I decided to use the instruments channels of a song and visualize each channel separately (bass, guitar, vocals etc..).  The main problem doing that was the fact that I couldn’t get all the sounds to play in synch. I still
 hope I could resolve that. I think I went overboard when working on this sketch with the colors, and I really was just kinda messing around –

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  1. Tshepang Mahasha

    I enjoyed reading through your web blog based on photomontage. Your information is well displayed and easy to read. Your work has inspired me and given me more ideas for the art project I am working on which is based on ‘the abstraction of reality’. Continue on doing the great work!

    • Thank you Tshepang! I just saw your comment and glad my work inspired you in some way. I would love to see what art projects you are working on.

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