the temporal hyperplane photograph

I use a flatbed scanner attached to a 1940's era 4x5 field camera. The scanner photograph offers an image, which, in addition to being inherently three dimensional, reveals the fourth dimension in a unique way. Each exposure occurs over a number of minutes, or as little as one minute. The opposite ends of the image are captured at entirely different moments in time, not all at once as in a typical photograph, thus the 'Temporal Hyperplane'.

It is important to stress that the scanner images on this website were captured just as they now appear and have not been 'photoshopped' other than to adjust the levels for tonal value. Artifacts such as stripes and lines may seem like errors in the print but are in fact characteristics of an image made with a very heavily modified scanner.

SpeedGraphic 4x5 camera and common flat-bed scanner.
Example of Scanner Camera in Action from Beau Daignault on Vimeo.
Camera positioned in Cook's Meadow, Yosemite National Park.


  • 2009 Honorarium, "2009 OPEN CALL", Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
  • 2008 First and Second Place Award, Professional Division, "Photography at High Speed", Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, Pomona, CA

Professional Experience & Affiliations

  • Los Angeles Art Association, Active Member 1998-2008
  • Lead Lay Out Artist for Official Cotton Carnival Guide Book (Ozone Productions, 1982, Memphis, Tennessee)
  • Numerous Private Commissions Throughout the United States and Abroad

selected group & solo exhibitions

  • 2010 "Actions, Conversations, Intersections and Ideational Architectures"
  • Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California,
  • curated by Edith Abeyta and Michael Lewis Miller
  • 2009 "The Contemporary Photograph," SHY RABBIT Contemporary Arts, Pagosa Springs, Colorado
  • 2008 "Photography at High Speed," Millard Sheets Center for the Arts, Pomona, California
  • “Alternatives 2008,” Quay School of Art, Wanganui, New Zealand
  • "Love Me," Group Show, DrkRm Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 2007 "October Show," Float Gallery, Marina del Rey, California
  • “Crackerjack,” Gallery 825(La Cienega Boulevard), Los Angeles
  • 2006 “Scanner as Camera II,” Float Gallery, Marina del Rey, California
  • “All Media Juried Exhibition,” Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • “Alternatives 2006,” Quay School of Art, Wanganui, New Zealand, traveling to Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York
  • “The 27th Annual Venice Art Walk & Auctions,” Venice, California
  • 2005 "50/50," Gallery 825 (La Cienega Boulevard), Los Angeles
  • 2004 "Petite Works II," Gallery 825 (Bergamot Station), Los Angeles
  • "Una Noche de Esperanza," Paramount Pictures, Los Angeles
  • 2003 "Group Show," Andrewshire Gallery , Los Angeles
  • "Shelter: Coming Home," Avenue 50 Studio, Los Angeles
  • "Petite Works," Gallery 825 (Bergamot Station), Los Angeles
  • 2002 "Soul Revival," Gallery 825 (La Cienega Boulevard), Los Angeles
  • 2001 "Art Heals," BGH Gallery, Los Angeles
  • "Beefcake/Cheesecake," Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana
  • "All Media Juried Exhibition," Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
  • "Solo Exhibition," Paper Chase, Los Angeles
  • "50/50," Gallery 825 (La Cienega Boulevard) , Los Angeles
  • "Art In Motion," Juried By Doug Buis, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California
  • "Stark Naked," Salon Exhibit at The Lynn Studios, Los Angeles
  • 1998 Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Sales And Rental Gallery


As many photography enthusiasts will have observed, a few years ago (in the early oughts) the term "Scanner Photography" was a hot topic on numerous imaging forums- due, largely, to the remarkable efforts of Michael Golembewski whose writing on this subject has been informative. Additionally, I owe a great debt to the late Daniel Denk (just west - and high above - Lake Michigan), for pointing me to Mr. Golembewski’s publication at the Royal College of Art.

Another important resource has been Shuzhen Wang’s thesis on the subject "An inexpensive, high resolution scan camera." (2003).

Closer at hand, I am indebted to Christopher A. Walker for his vast scientific knowledge and expertise in Software and Hardware Development. Mr. Walker has proved himself an invaluable addition to my working studio and his continued efforts underline each image I produce.

Much thanks is due Brett Williams, who has given generously his valuable time, studio equipment and astute technical advise.

Daily supportment provided by Nan Wollman, my true companion.