November 17, 2012 – Rashomon Effect

This was a very cool in my head but I couldn’t visualize it in such as a way that it would make more sense.  This is a picture of one object (the intersection) seen from four separate point of view (I think I need an actual object but I don’t have four cameras to take it at the same time).  The only consistent object in these photos is the lamp post.

The Rashomon effect is the effect of the subjectivity of perception on recollection, by which observers of an event are able to produce substantially different but equally plausible accounts of it. It is named for Akira Kurosawa’s film Rashomon, in which a crime witnessed by four individuals is described in four mutually contradictory ways. The film is based on two short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, “Rashōmon” (for the setting) and “Yabu no naka”, otherwise known as “In a Grove” (for the story line). (wikipedia)

If you have an idea on how to present this idea, please let me know – I would love to be able to put Rashomon Effect in one photo.


3 thoughts on “November 17, 2012 – Rashomon Effect

  1. What kind of setting did you use for your camera? The idea is pretty cool, but the result has its challenges due to light changes, I am afraid. A manual setup would make it more obvious, I would think. Even if some areas are not perfectly lit. Also, maybe, you could try to compose the image itself a bit differently. You are very lucky to be in a very peaceful neighborhood. But for this effect, some kind of action (even if only acted) would be helpful. A car, turning. A pedestrian changing sides. Something where the effect becomes more alive.
    Thanks for introducing the effect in your blog. This is one wonderful artistic idea. Cheers, Andreas

    • Thanks for the comment and idea. I had an automated setting with locked exposure – unfortunately the auto iso may have messed it up. I agree that I should have used a manual set up. I had to wait a couple times for the car to pass by but the result is no “action” – I agree with you that taking the pictures with people in it would be so much better. Maybe at a mall with a couple friends and multiple cameras will be interesting. This is something that I will keep working on – and you figure it out, please let me know.

  2. Pingback: December 1, 2012 – Ford Field « Skyheartphotography One Picture a Day Project

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