Pythagoras is a series of tintype photograms made on black or colored aluminum plates which have been laser etched with photographs of 3D printed objects. In the second step the same translucent 3D printed objects are laid on the wet collodion and exposed to light at an angle to create the photogram shadows. Created in 2016, each piece is a unique one-of-a-kind object.

After 35 years of making photograms I felt challenged to make something new, but it seemed I had photogrammed every kind of object. I decided to create my own objects to make photograms with – and the best place to start is with simple geometric shapes.  I designed geometric shapes in Tinkercad and printed them using a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer in a translucent PLA resin. The geometric objects were placed on the wet tintype and exposed to light. Before making the photogram I laser-etched photographs of the geometric objects onto the aluminum to achieve a layered effect. I was able to produce new imagery of timeless shapes using 19th century analog process combined with 21st century laser etching and 3D printing.The Pythagoras Project was an extension/evolution from the Elementary Project.

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Wet-Plate Collodion on Laser etched Trophy Aluminum (Tintype)

Most plates are 6″x8″ or 6″x6″ or 4.25″x5.5″ – edition 1 of 1