@nytimes, 28 May via The New York Times

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Lori Hepner
@nytimes, 28 May via The New York Times, 2011
from the series Status Symbols

The series Status Symbols redefines what we know as "portrait photography" by transforming 140 character updates from Twitter into a still photograph. I created these abstract portraits with spinning LEDs that translate the words into flashing bursts of light through custom created hardware and software.


When I was compiling a batch of tweets in May 2011, I was interested in using ones that didn’t come from individuals.  Most of the tweets that I was collecting were from the “Top 10”; primarily celebrities, but some politicians and news organizations as well.  I decided to go beyond the top 10, to collect tweets that were portraits of world culture at that very moment.  @nytimes, 28 May via The New York Times, Egypt Permanently Opens Gaza Border Crossing, was a tweet that occurred 7 hours earlier, and seemed to be an event that might be significant into the future.


Each of the pieces from Status Symbols takes quite a bit of work to become a photographic image: I select tweets, archive them, and convert them into a string of characters that my Arduino (an open source microcontroller) can understand. I then write an individual program for each tweet, which converts each letter into blinks of ASCII binary code (1’s and 0’s). The program is uploaded to the Arduino which sets the LEDs spinning - and a long exposure shot is captured on negative film with my Hasselblad. The film is processed, scanned, and color balanced to become the image that you see. 


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