Wall sculptures 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. It becomes a for sculpture for the wall - a PhotoSculpture.

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 wall sculpture 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.

Take a virtual tour of a PhotoSculpture: 


I believe that a large part of the art of making a photograph comes after clicking the shutter button on the camera. To me that means having control of the image from the time of taking the original, making creative adjustments (called "editing" or "post-processing") through to the final print. 

Printing is an art in itself - one I've been studying for many years. All my giclee prints are made on fine art paper using archival inks to ensure both their longevity and your viewing pleasure. 


Contact me to learn how.

- write me: coldwellfineart@gmail.com

- call me:   902-266-3228

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