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Ancient Art, New Invention Photograph by Kenneth Garrett
Holding a flatbed photo scanner against a mural of gods and sacrifices at San Bartolo, Bill Saturno captures a digital image with the help of Jessica Craig. "There's so much distortion in photography," he says, so he looked for an alternative. "I started to wonder if this machine would work on its side. It does. It just doesn't like it." Putting together 351 scans, Saturno was able to recreate the entire mural on a computer. He had originally planned to spend two or three years excavating and slowly tracing this mural. But the scanner saved so much time that he was able to get the whole painting uncovered and recorded in just a few months.
Camera: Nikon F5 Film Type: Fujichrome 64 Lens: 17-35mm Nikkor zoom Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Indoors, very hot and humid Time of Day: Midmorning Lighting Techniques: Tungsten spotlights