October 27, 2011 20:04
Three-dimensional self-portrait. Now in Japan, there is such a service. In the city of Otsu living master, which in 4000 dollars and two weeks will produce an exact copy of the customer's face. Souvenir looks scary, but the area of application depends solely on fantasy.
An employee of a small Japanese city of Otsu Osamu Kitagawa said the idea to create a plastic model of the parties of their friends and relatives came to him after he became interested in portrait photography. The first experiment he put on himself two years ago. Since then, the production of masks was his main job.
The author calls it did not mask, and surround portraits. Technology is unique, so the trade secrets by which to reach such amazing similarities Kitagawa-san refused to disclose. He said that the production lifetime mask takes about two weeks, and it is almost 4000 dollars. Despite the high price, besieged by orders not. Now they were so many that we had to temporarily suspend accepting applications.
First, it reminds visiting printing store. The main thing here — just to capture details of the person to the last wrinkle. For this shooting is then placed in a cardboard box with a fluorescent light. To resemblance to the original is a maximum, a person is photographed in several ways.
"The most difficult thing was that in order to recreate the eyes. I am a long time to ensure that they looked like living "- says CEO of Real-F Osamu Kitagawa.
Anatomical details of the iris pattern to the location of the capillaries are recorded separately. The next step — kneading plaster solution and removal of the cast. Photos are processed on a computer. Multiple pictures are combined into one. As it happens — the strictest confidence. The Japanese have no competitors, and to share with someone your know-how is not in a hurry. Says only that the production of masks — it laborious and time-consuming.
"At first I was not sure that it will be interesting to someone. And especially do not know that my mask will be commercially profitable. They may be called the third stage of the development of photography. First there were the monochrome image, and then add color to them, and now the volume, "- says Osamu Kitagawa.
It remains to find a way to provide them with mobility. Kitagawa hopes that soon it will be found to the invention and practical application, for example, to create a new generation of robotic androids with a human face.