I am a retired academic physician
(Professor of Surgery at LSUMC) who has long had a serious interest
as an art medium, though most of my images are unconventional.
In 1972 I studied with Ansel Adams at one of the last workshops
the master himself taught. In the 1980's as part of my medical research
I obtained a precision Xray machine, and used it to make images
of the very small blood vessels growing into healing wounds (microangiography).
Some of the images looked like abstract paintings, and I started
to explore the uses of Xray as an art medium, thinking I was one
of the first to use such methods.
In reality I was not , as Goby, Hall Edward, Dain Tasker, Albert Richards,
and William Conklin had preceded me, though I was not aware of that until
Montage X-ray and Photograph of Plumeria blossom
|All Xray images are B+W, but
in the late 80's I began making them in color, using filters in the
enlarger and Cibachrome paper.
I have been digitizing the images and adding color in PhotoShop.
Although I still do some straight photography,
generally I manipulate the images in the darkroom, making copies
on high contrast film to obtain photographs that look like drawings
(line derivations and prints from solarized negatives).
For 12 years I did holography, trying to develop 3D imaging as
a medical teaching tool, but my efforts led nowhere. With the present
state of technology, holograms are too complex to make, too expensive
to reproduce, and too difficult to illuminate for optimum viewing.