Digital camera mounted to the business-end of a drill

Artist Oscar Lhermitte attached a digital camera to a spinning plate mounted on a hand-drill. The results are pretty fabulously trippy.

“Looking at the different ways to shoot videos. Part of a workshop at the RCA led by Rosario Hurtado and Quique Corrales. May 2010.

“Instead of making a normal movie, I am trying to get a colour gradient of what the camera is shooting. There is no postproduction involved, the effect is achieved by connecting the lens of the camera to a drilling machine. The video is taking 15 frames per second, whereas the drill is spinning at more than 20 turn per second.”

Showtime: Oscar Lhermitte, “Seeing in Circles” (Thanks, Cbath!)


  1. Add in some electro-funk music and a woman saying “Circles!” and you’ve got a perfect late-70s Sesame Street segment.

    Well, except for the rotating pr0n at the end. But hey, working artists have to find the angle that’s going to keep them in drills, right?

  2. Cool…I did something similar but opposite while doing a photo project a few years back. My camera was on a tripod and I attached things to a drill and move it away from the camera while it was on long exposure.  Pretty much the same effect. 

  3. Sounds like a challenge:  do the same thing in software post-processing.  I seem to recall a twist-o-matic tool a few years back that was supposed to anonymize faces until some math nerd figured out how to untwist the image.

  4. reminds me of when we used to make video feedback loops with a camera wired directly to a display.  if the camera is pointed at the screen, any light behind the display feeds back (same idea as microphone/guitar pickup sonic feedback when device is pointed at the speaker.)  It looks like infinite recursion, then when you point at the screen’s corner, it spins.  using the zoom and having a bright window behind the display can make cool stuff like this video.

    also, i wonder how many tries it took to get the lens centered. 

  5. I like how they add “Artist” to his name, like this required insane skill and artistic insight that a normal human being couldn’t fathom.

  6. reminds me of nothing so much as that horribly bad British sci-fi series from the 70s called “Space 1999”. didn’t they use an effect like this to simulate time travel or teleporting or something? meh – hokey then n’ now!

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