Boys’ life

By GREG COOK  |  October 15, 2008

Pastorino creates his cute toy-like look by favoring a very limited range of focus, so that only a narrow band is clear and the rest is fuzzy, and by shooting from distant and usually elevated perspectives. Tokyo photographer Noaki Honjo used a similar technique for his photos at Bernard Toale Gallery this spring. The gimmick has become so popular that it’s acquired the name “tilt-shift miniature faking” because it often involves tampering with the tilt of the lens in relation to the film — though people also fake it with digital editing.

Pastorino likes to tinker with gadgets, and he ups the ante with magical 3-D slides and panoramic 3-D shots. Put on 3-D glasses and you peer into photos of people on a moving sidewalk, a street of suburban New Hampshire houses, a May Day parade in Cuba. Things squash and stretch and blur, as if time and space themselves were warped. Is there anything more neato than art that requires you to wear 3-D glasses? The boys will love it.

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