E DOMINIC WOOD, Chicago Member Since September 2012 Artist Statement E. Dominic Wood: The Art of Technology The word “photography” is derived from the greek words photos meaning light and graphein meaning to draw. From the birth of modern photography back in the mid 19th century, the photograph was an intricate combination of art and the technology of the camera and development process .As we move through the 21st century the technological aspect becomes ever more sophisticated and complex.
Chicago-born E. Dominic Wood picked up his first Kodak camera back in 1957 at the age of thirteen and for the next twelve months photography became his passion. However on his fourteenth birthday the camera was replaced by a guitar and for the next few years Wood focused on his music. At the age of eighteen Wood and his group The Galaxys were hired by DJ James Lownsbury to play their television debut on ABC TV.
Deciding that music production, rather than performance, was the way to make some serious money, Wood made the move to Newport Beach California. Working with a string of famous musicians including the legendary Stevie Wonder and Donna Summer Wood began to make his mark. Although he was experiencing success however, the music industry was not really to Wood’s taste. He felt he lacked the creative control that he craved, and so he decided to pick up his camera and channel his creativity through photography once again.
He started shooting runway for D2 Models and New York models, as well as working freelance for Playboy, Club, Pub and Cavalier glamour magazines throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. He met his wife Pam, a successful actress in her own right whilst on a photo shoot in California but the Chicago boy was starting to feel homesick and decided to return to the Windy City to continue his photographic work.
Photographic technology was moving rapidly throughout the latter half of the 20th century and Wood became fascinated with computing in the early 1990’s and looked for ways to combine this with his love of photography and beautiful woman. It has been a long and sometimes trying process. Wood states:
“"When you start in Computing imaging, your first 5,000 images are your worst.”
In the first decade of the 21st century 3D cinema and photography began to experience a renaissance. In real life, we view the world in three dimensions because our left and right eyes see slightly different images. When these two images are combined by the brain, we receive a picture that has depth. Photographers and cinematographers have been trying to replicate this effect as far back as 1838. Using a technique known as stereoscopic photography, a special motion picture camera system was employed to record images from two different perspectives. Eyewear, or special 3D glasses are then worn to combine these perspectives and create the illusion of depth. Early filmmakers Auguste and Louis Lumiere caused mayhem when they presented the first 3D film called L'Arrivee du train in 1903. Parisian audiences were thrilled and alarmed as a locomotive appeared to crash into their seats.
3D films enjoyed immense popularity in the 1950’s and 60’s, but it was the invention of the IMAX 3D format, first seen at the 1986 World's Fair in Vancouver, Canada that really started the 3D revolution. In the early 21st century, the advent of animation technology and digital cameras helped to make 3D technology more widely accessible. Since then there have been huge developments and interest in 3D, with increasing numbers of film-makers opting to make 3D movies and the introduction of 3D television in the last 5 years.
The 2009 James Cameron film Avatar used a successful combination of 3D technology and computer-generated imagery (CGI). In addition the cast wore motion capture suits, which essentially are tight fitting suits fitted with sensors which relay the actors movements to computers which record every twitch. Motion capture makes 3D much easier. It allows film-m