History's Shadow by David Maisel is a Digital Exploration into the Past

 - May 14, 2011
References: davidmaisel & boingboing.net
David Maisel's work explores otherworldly themes featuring x-ray photographs of ethereal figures. His work successfully manages to connect the temporal world, one of science, logic and reason, with the supernatural world, one where nothing is certain, or impossible.

Maisel's work also dwells on excavated artifacts and various remnants of the past. His most recent project, History's Shadow, consists of several stunning images that were composed by digitally manipulating scientific x-ray images of ancient artifacts found in the archives of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum.

The recurring theme of excavation in this project is justified by the idea that the eras in which these artifacts come from has become invisible -- all that exists from shadows of history are the excavated artifacts.