The Selby Captures IBM Watson at Work
Todd Selby photographed "Watson at Work" to mark the super computer's Manhattan move. "IBM's team developed a specific concept – show different scenarios in which Watson can be used from overhead, but with the same framing, so the geometry of the shot never changes," said Selby. To achieve that vantage point, he built a rig above the five scenes set up inside of Pier 59: an emergency room, an accountant's office, a call center, a design studio, and a library. "I was able to slide between each with my camera."
To individualize the locations, the photographer played with the props, proportions – "It called for a lot more math than I usually have to do" – and lighting. "For the hospital, you can see an ambulance light shining through; for the researcher taking notes at night, the source was a table lamp. We created 'daylight' for another image," he explained.
"It was a good change," Selby added. "I typically shoot on location and in this case, it wasn't possible … so we did it this way, which was a great experience."