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Spinning Ball

I enjoy working with sculptures. Here is the first of two sculptures that I photographed last week at the Brooklyn Museum.  Both images were taken with a Nikon D7100 using a 35mm f1.8 lens. Due to generally poor lighting conditions in the galleries, I used aperture priority set to f4.8 There is a story behind each image and I’ll borrow liberally from the Museum’s cards. Liberty 2015, part of the Punctum series, in fiberglass with an auto paint finish. This work by Hank Willis Thomas, b. 1975,  is the artists 3 dimensional rendition of a 1976 Life Magazine photograph of a Harlem Globe Trotter standing in front of the Statue of Liberty spinning a basketball.  Thomas cast the arm of retired NBA All-Star, Juwan Howard to produce the piece which begins at the shoulder.  I chose to use only the upper portion of the work. Since the sculpture’s initial inspiration was a photograph that 40 years later was turned into a three dimensional piece, I decided to return the image to its original dimension and portray it as street art. The original photo:
A portion of Liberty 2015 by Hank Willis Thomas

A portion of Liberty 2015 by Hank Willis Thomas

And the final:Spinning Ball    
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