PhotoSculptures are a unique presentation of photography because they are 3-dimensional. A photograph is two-dimensional having only length and width. Adding a real third dimension to a photographic print - depth - adds an extra experience when viewing the image.

Light falling over shapes and forms create shadows and shadows create depth both real and perceived. Shadow areas in a print help to create depth. But as important as they are, in a print these are images of a shadow - they are not real.


In a PhotoSculpture there are also real shadows created by the three-dimensionality of the work itself. As the light changes the shadows change and what you're viewing changes before your eyes. 

My inspiration for creating PhotoSculptures came from full page magazine advertisements that used a college of overlapping images to help create the message. To help create the illusion of depth on a page it was typical to add "drop shadows" to add a sense of dimension to the image. I thought "what if the shadows were real", followed by "how could I do that" - and an actual three-dimensional photograph, a PhotoSculpture, became a reality.

To create a PhotoSculpture I first divide a photograph into overlapping segments. There is no formula to do this - each image is unique in its own way so I let the content of the image inspire how it is deconstructed.  Each segment is printed and mounted and shaped, if necessary. Then the individual print segments are reassembled in registration to create the final work. The overlapping of the prints adds the physical depth to the reconstruction and also make it possible to see behind/"around" each segment. The resulting PhotoSculpture provides a viewing experience like no other - what you see is literally determined by where you stand - truly unique.

Photographs on a screen have only two dimensions. To provide a sense of the three dimensions that PhotoSculptures have, I have digitally created shadows to imitate the viewing experience.

Would you like to see a preview of an image in your own setting? Contact me to learn how - NO CHARGE consultation.

- write me: coldwellfineart@gmail.com

- call me:   902-266-3228

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