Many of my X-Ray art subjects are either from my personal collection or sourced on eBay. They were selected for general appeal, historical significance, iconography, size, and material. If mostly metal, the objects were “photographed” using digital (direct radiography) X-Ray. Otherwise, CT (computerized tomography) was considered. Digital X-ray yields one image per exposure, whereas CT produces as many as 700 images (or slices) at a time, each around .5 millimeters thick. I reassemble these using medical grade 3-D Software.
The smallest subjects were beetles from Indonesia. The largest subject was a Peruvian mummy, bound and preserved in a fetal position, housed at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park.
Robots were staged to impart a particular feeling or emotion. Subtle changes can imbue menace, prowess, sexuality, humor, or boredom.
When working with direct radiography, I pose the subject and take a shot. With CT, there were infinite possibilities by manipulating a virtual 3-D object on my digital OsiriX workstation after the capture.
The black doll series was a forensic evaluation for the International Mingei Museum in Balboa Park. It would take too long to explain but do take a look at a blog I posted regarding this project https://wp.me/p4LorY-191 .
One project which has not been exhibited yet is my firefighter X-Ray series. These are basically combat helmets protecting what matters most; heroic firefighters and their heads. They are very much purpose-built for the job but, as per the X-Rays, some are more protective than others. The Carnes leather US helmet is what we are most familiar with and does a great job but the F1 French helmet is totally Star Wars! -Steve
– Steve Eilenberg