Peering inside ancient objects using X-Ray
June 5, 2014 | By Paul Natland |
Turns out that X-Rays – most commonly used to see inside the body – can be used to create brilliant pieces of art. Photographer David Maisel, best known for his aerial photographs of environmentally impacted sites, gives us a glimpse into the past with his work “History’s Shadow“.
Rendering three dimensions into two is at the heart of the photographic process. With the x-ray, this sense is compounded, since it maps both the inner and outer surfaces of its subject. The mysterious images that result encompass both an inner and an outer world, as the two-dimensional photographs bring us into a realm of indeterminate space, depth, and scale. The x-ray has historically been used for the structural examination of art and artifacts much as physicians examine bones and internal organs; it reveals losses, replacements, methods of construction, and internal trauma that may not be visible to the naked eye. The resulting prints ofHistory’s Shadow make the invisible visible, and express through photographic means the shape-shifting nature of time itself, and the continuous presence of the past contained within us.