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January 7, 2009 8:58 AM   Subscribe

Wayne Martin Belger is an artist who creates pinhole cameras out of some unusual materials... like human skulls, for example.
posted by blaneyphoto (23 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, that's too cool. Sets my wtf? sensor way off the deep end.

When I am dead and gone I hope someone makes something artistic and perhaps even useful from me (pretty too!).
posted by cjorgensen at 9:15 AM on January 7, 2009

Also available in 3D vision. Impressive craft and efforts to make the items more than interesting manipulations uncommon or uncomfortable items.
posted by filthy light thief at 9:17 AM on January 7, 2009

My skull already is a pinhole camera, of a sort.
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:20 AM on January 7, 2009 [2 favorites]

posted by FatherDagon at 9:34 AM on January 7, 2009

I Am A Camera.
posted by piratebowling at 9:35 AM on January 7, 2009

A-mazing. I have nothing but love and wonder for this.
posted by TheGoldenOne at 9:39 AM on January 7, 2009

I am somewhat squicked out by, though not necessarily disapproving of, the concept of HIV positive blood as a red filter.

Otherwise very beautiful and ornate all around, though I feel like the Yama one belongs in a temple in some pulp adventure story.
posted by Nomiconic at 9:41 AM on January 7, 2009

How exactly does one go about securing 'a 150 year old skull of a 13 year old girl'? I check the thrift store all the time, and nothing like that ever shows up.
posted by echo target at 9:44 AM on January 7, 2009

I kind of wish he had more photos on the site, and examples of what each camera produces.
posted by cjorgensen at 9:51 AM on January 7, 2009

How? Well, you can become an active collector, do a little digging of your own and see what treasures you can unearth.. or I suppose you could take the easy route and go to places like this.
posted by FatherDagon at 9:52 AM on January 7, 2009

The skullcam is strangely strange. It should be illegal to use human skulls for this kind of thing.
posted by RussHy at 10:19 AM on January 7, 2009

A little too goth for me but still pretty damn cool.
posted by photoslob at 10:25 AM on January 7, 2009

RussHy what would you prefer to use human skulls for?
posted by cjorgensen at 10:41 AM on January 7, 2009

Human skulls should be used for decorating chapels.
posted by echo target at 10:53 AM on January 7, 2009

I'd rather see more underwater pinhole photos. Goofy cameras, not so much.
posted by Tacodog at 11:48 AM on January 7, 2009

In college we observed that a friend, let's call him Al, had some dental work that made his front teeth look really weird under a black light. Another friend Keith constantly commented that we should turn his head intro a decorative bong. Haha, we thought.

Flash forward some dozen years later, when Keith was living in Houston, whose denizens turned a skull into very such article!
posted by exogenous at 1:04 PM on January 7, 2009

I admire the dedication it takes to make such a thing. But it seems wholly impractical and likely to lose its novelty quickly. As a conversation piece, I don't think the conversation would get past "why?"

But still interesting to see out there.
posted by dios at 3:04 PM on January 7, 2009

Fans of this may also enjoy AlexCF, a "Professional cryptozoological pseudo-scientific assemblage artist and illustrator...."
posted by blaneyphoto at 3:36 PM on January 7, 2009

Generally, these skulls can range from larger minimally prepared chinese specimens to the smaller, well prepped Indian skulls (in country pre-1985 export ban) that usually have calvaria cuts and attached mandibles.

FatherDagon, thanks for adding a weird bit of intrigue into my life. My wife didn't like the rodent skull I had on the porch (I found it while hiking along the road in, amongst other bits of litter and small animal bones), and I doubt she'd even like me talking about getting a few Chinese skulls in the mail.
posted by filthy light thief at 4:16 PM on January 7, 2009

I like a lot of the photos and admire the craftsmanship put into the cameras.

.... I'll have to figure out why I find the concept behind it all so irritating.
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:24 PM on January 7, 2009

Perfect for the person with Lemmy on his/her Christmas list. Thanks!
posted by Rykey at 5:39 PM on January 7, 2009

oh, so much more beautiful and worthwhile than that garish thing damian hirst made out of a skull. cool link, thanks, blaneyphoto!
posted by lapolla at 6:15 AM on January 8, 2009

I like this one.
posted by homunculus at 4:27 PM on January 8, 2009

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