Gigapixel photos of Lincoln to go on display

Lincolnites will be able to explore large-scale panoramic images of the city with hand gestures at a two-day event in September.

The exhibition, called Gigalinc, is part of degree work from University of Lincoln MA student Samuel Cox (22), who put the ingenious installation together.

Cox took several high-definition gigapixel images (1,000 times more detail than captured by a 1-megapixel digital camera) for Gigcalinc across Lincoln.

The panoramic images will be projected on a large screen, and with the clever use of an Xbox Kinect camera, viewers can navigate using hand gestures, zooming in and out of areas of particular interest.

Surround-sound audio accompaniments will add to the multi-sensory experience.

“Gigalinc explores the world of immersive photography and the possibilities it offers for changing the way we look at and use photographic images,” Cox explained.

“It does this through digital technologies that allow the viewer to ‘step inside’ and move around large panoramic images, presented in astonishing levels of detail.

“As the perspective changes, the viewer feels as if he or she is actually ‘immersed’ in the scene.”

The exhibition will take place on Friday, September 2 from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday, September 3 from 12pm to 5pm at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC).

Entry to the exhibition is free.