I ran across this today while looking up some other glass artists and was totally blown away by Josh Hershman’s work! Hershman creates cast glass replicas of many types of cameras and embeds photographic images in some of them by sandblasting the images onto the object and then applying enamels into the recessed areas. He then adds more layers of glass and then refires the entire form. The cast cameras are then perched atop tripods and in some instances the image that is in the camera has been printed and hung on the wall behind the piece.
Jersey Glass Art has a great write up of his work and I think they say it best:
“By taking photographs and joining them together with glass, he is able to link two diverse vocabularies into a unique sculptural vernacular. As these ideas and images connect, the natural play of light and optics inherently found in glass imitates the actual process of taking pictures and exposing negatives. Using the camera as a starting point for his creative process, he attempts to emphasize the beauty of its design and function by focusing on how images shape our memories, dreams and consciousness.”
As a glass worker myself who is interested in the interplay of using glass and photography together I think this is an amazing execution on the marriage of the two ideas. He is currently showing at PISMO Gallery in Denver Colorado and the images shown below are from his current show, Day Residue. It runs from November 6-25th 2009 and I encourage you to check it out if your in the Denver area!
More of Hershman’s work and experience can be found on his website, http://www.hershmanglass.com/