We’ve seen many uses of Kinect by artists including it’s use in music videos, but San Francisco based photographer Audrey Penven has used the Kinect hardware to style pictures in her collection: Dancing With Invisible Light.
Penven discovered that the Kinect hardware projects a pattern of pixels using a technique known as ‘Structured Light’ to build a depth map of the field of view, and that a camera that’s been modified to pick up infrared can pick up the dots of light that are usually invisible. Using a Microsoft Kinect unit as a light source adds a new perspective to photographs. Interestingly, the spots cannot be seen by the artist or her subjects until after the image has been captured thus the title of the collection.
See the collection on Flickr: Audrey Penven: Dancing with Invisible Light