Karl Leck  

Painted Man in Modern Tunnel by Karl Leck

August 2019 - Painted Man in Modern Tunnel

About the Image(s)

I belong to a fine art photography group called Art Lane after the street on which it was founded. During the past 2 years we had the opportunity to photograph anything we wished in the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware, on days when the museum was closed. The result was an exhibition “Picturing the Museum” which just closed. Each of the 8 photographers brought their own style and talent to their unique works. My six images were all printed on aluminum sheets by Aluminyze using the dye sublimation process. I love using a Yasuhara Madoka fisheye lens on the Sony a6000 camera. It focuses as close as 1 inch and produces a round image. For “Painted Man in Modern Tunnel” I photographed stacked chairs in a dark storage room. During a 20 second exposure I painted the steel tubing legs of the chairs with an LED flashlight. I was fun to see the variety of results and try again. I needed some eye-catching item for the end of the ‘tunnel’ so I photographed an 18th century portrait and pasted the eye at the end of the tunnel. The final print was not the square you see here, but a round piece of polished aluminum which added to the metallic effect of the metal tubing chair legs. The Museum purchased the print for their permanent collection.

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6 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Your work is really delightful, Karl. Thanks for telling us the great story of your group and its relationship with your nearby museum. That is an inspiration for others to consider. Congratulations on having your work purchased into the museum's permanent collection.   Posted: 08/03/2019 18:41:04

Marie Verrett   Marie Verrett
Once again, I'm blown away by your work. Love this! That's so cool that your work was purchased for the museum's permanent collection, congratulations!

  Posted: 08/05/2019 00:24:36

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Am with the others on this one Karl. A highly imaginative and creative piece. Gosh, you come up with all sorts of ideas! Congratulations!!!   Posted: 08/05/2019 16:45:32

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Karl, congratulations! I would love to see the version printed on aluminium. Will it remain on display? This image would make a great prompt for a short story writing challenge. The walls of the "tunnel" appear to be undulating. Will "Tunnel Man" venture in, will he be crushed? The creativity with which you view ordinary things oft overlooked by others, and the technical expertise with which you realize your vision are a powerful source of inspiration.   Posted: 08/09/2019 08:44:09

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
What a gorgeous, multi-tasked creative effort! I stand in awe of your ability to come up with the idea. I'm blown away by the beauty of what you did with the stacked chairs and the LED flashlight! Great work!   Posted: 08/17/2019 17:35:39

Great idea Karl and well excecuted.I too would love to see the print.
  Posted: 08/19/2019 06:19:53