Based in Cologne, Germany, Mareen Fischinger is a practitioner of panography, the process of creating a three dimensional landscape by capturing a multitude of individual photographs at many different angles.

It is a technique which she has mastered. We decided to reach out to her to ask Mareen how she does it.

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What is panography?

A panograph is an image that consists of multiple smaller images showing the same place from different views, reassembling a mosaic-like quality.

What is the process of capturing a panograph?

When setting up for a panograph, I pick the place and try to find an angle that is most balanced in my eye. Things that are close by get obscured, it is hard to imagine how a panograph will turn out for someone not involved with the project.

Once I have picked a spot, I will not leave it. I will then take hundreds of photos from that perspective, tilting the camera from shot to shot. Later, I will sit down at the computer and reassemble the scene.

I can influence the panograph, shape it, and pick how far around I want to see – the angle can be anything up to 360 degrees,

How did you discover photography?

It came from a creative push that I felt. I wanted to capture time in a photo, and the way I had imagined this didn’t work out due to technical difficulties. I just decided to go from time-changing to place-changing, which is much easier to grasp in a printed photo anyway.

What interested you most about panography?

That is was possible to capture the time change after all! At first, it was not completely clear to me, but when I started going outside with the idea and applied the principle to more crowded places, I realized how much it is possible to display exactly what I had in mind.

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How do you deal with people in panography?

When shooting spaces, I try to integrate people like an architect who showcases his work in a model. They should look naturally involved with the place, not grabbing the attention of the viewer, but instead [demonstrate] possibilities of interaction with the subject.

What is it like traveling to so many places, setting up shooting, and traveling again all for a single photo series?

What’s really great about it is that I get to work with all different kinds of people (art directors and the people I photograph) from different cultures as well as travel and sleep in their cities and countries.

I try to plan at least half a day or full day of time just for myself on each travel assignment. Whenever possible, I discover aspects of the city like a regular tourist or meet up with acquaintances from all over the world.

What kind of place makes for a great panography?

Real buildings – inside or outside – work best. {With] Organic objects or landscapes… the contrast between straight lines and a ”messy” panograph is missing. People walking through the picture make up that interesting component of time.

Also, a lot of first timers are positioning themselves too far from their subjects – they should get close to get a warp effect.

art of panography

art of panography

art of panography

art of panography

art of panography