Virtual Reality for Education Week / by Brett Carlsen

Virtual reality is one of the neatest and 'wow' inducing experiences to anyone using it. However to someone outside the headset, it is just a person wearing a funny pair of goggles. This was my challenge when asked to photograph Virtual Reality technology being used by researchers in Buffalo, New York to better aid teachers in dealing with classroom issues.

Luckily the amazing editors at Education Week allowed me to take some creative license. I proposed that instead of approaching this with a typical reportage approach, how about we put these people in a neutral background and allow the person and VR goggles take over the frame. My thoughts being that the environment has nothing to do with what these people are experiencing so let's completely remove it.

I'm very happy with the results. I created them using the Profoto B1 lights and a simple green seamless paper taped to the back wall of an office space in the charter school where the program is happening.

View the final story here