Click to preview The Amdahl Graphics, 1974, 1975, 1976 photo book

I created these digital images 1974, 1975 and 1976 using an Amdahl main frame computer, with output to a Cal-Comp pen plotter.

The book is divided into two parts. The first part is images based on mathematical formulas
applied to four surfaces of a cube. The whole process began as a challenge from an instructor based on my response to an assignment. My original solution had been elegantly simple; his challenge was to increase the number of

The second part is figurative images, based on line drawings that were digitized on a drafting table modified with internal sensors to record cursor movements. This was a result of
reimbursement, using ‘computer dollars’ by the faculty, for lost photographs which allowed me continued use of the computer even though I was no longer a student.

The figurative drawings became the basis for a series of paintings and have been documented in a book, Night Visions from Laputa.

The book was originally compiled as a 35th
anniversary project in 2009.


About the Author

Raymond St Arnaud
starnaud Victoria, BC, Canada

The world presents itself and I observe. There are times the observation becomes an obsession. Sometimes, a casual encounter. These moments become the photographs I interpret by exaggeration or simplification.

I have been an exhibitor since 1969; exhibiting photographs, painting and prints through 150 exhibitions, primarily in US university, college, and community galleries in 31 American States; in BC, Alberta, Ontario and in web galleries in Canada, Australia, China, Thailand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy and the United States. I now publish books of current and past projects as a means of closure and completion.
My images are marketed in the United States by and are also available on

Born and educated in Alberta, I moved to the coast in 1984, and have been living in Victoria since 1986.

Publish Date  February 19, 2012

Dimensions  Standard Portrait  80 pgs   Premium Paper, matte finish

Category  Fine Art

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