Experimental Portraits – Oculus Rift

‘Oculus Rift goggles (developer’s kit) are used to simulate virtual or augmented reality environments, and we have linked these to receive input from footage we gathered using a similar camera to that which Google use for Street View, so that the user can experience a full 360 degree view of the virtual/augmented world. The other goggles (with 2 cameras on the front) in the other pictures is stereoscopic, meaning that they are two superimposed video feeds/images fed to both eyes separately to enhance the illusion of depth. Both are pretty amazing pieces of equipment, and the reason we use them in our lab is to investigate Consciousness, and specifically the area of Interoception (awareness of bodily states), out of body experiences, and Proprioception (awareness of how our body is positioned in space).’  – Stephanie Clayton (lab assistant/psychology trainee/model)










About barryfalk

I am a self-taught photographer based in West Sussex. I photograph ‘Incidental Spaces’, places tucked away and neglected: edges of car parks, junk-filled garages, loading bays, abandoned spaces, vacant rooms, ransacked offices. These are the overlooked details of a city: architectural features which appear to serve no function. My images seek to capture an aspect of the city which is not willingly acknowledged. These places can be read as metaphors for loss and as such are suffused with a disturbed sense of self, what Freud referred to as the unheimliche: the familiar which has become alienated through the process of repression. However, when re-seen, photographed from a particular angle, in a certain light, these incidental spaces turn out to be resonant with association.
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