Monday, August 22, 2011

History's Shadow

Found these wonderful images this morning on the Lens Culture blog (  David Maisel is the artist- he describes the series as follows:

"History’s Shadow comprises my series of re-photographed x-rays of art objects from antiquity. I have culled these x-rays from museum archives, which utilize them for conservation purposes. Through the x-ray process, the artworks of origin become de-familiarized and de-contextualized, yet acutely alive and renewed....  he ghostly images of these x-rays seem to surpass the power of the original objects of art. These spectral renderings seemed like transmissions from the distant past, conveying messages across time.

All of the x-rays I have photographed were elements of previously existing archives made for the distinct purpose of art conservation."

And for a little more morning eye candy, check out the International Photography Award's online gallery, here:
Full of hundreds of the best world's best current images... a couple of favorites follow.

2nd place 

Special Effects
Todd Baxter
"The Owl Scouts: Lost in the Woods" 

1st place 
Richard W J Koh
"New Life"

1st place
Paul Alexander Knox
"Where Ships Were Born [Revisited]"

2nd place
Claudio Allia

1st place
Still Life
Angela Dennis
"Hair Politics"

And finally-  the following still is from Doug Aitken's beautiful video, "We Find Wildness", which you can watch on YouTube at:


  1. Aaahh these are all so beautiful, especially the x-rays. Thanks for posting - these are gems.

  2. Thanks for posting!