Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Just when I thought I'd seen it all as far as Genius Artists go, I stumbled across this guy named Wayne Martin Belger. The picture below is not just an incredible embellished skull...it's a camera! This is 1 of 11 different models. The eyes are cast from bronze and silver with a brass pinhole in each. A divider runs down the middle of the skull creating two separate cameras. A finished contact print mounted on copper is inserted in to the back of the camera to view what Yama saw in 3D. I should also mention that Wayne is a self-taught artist and machinist!
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The camera is named Yama, the Tibetan God of Death. In Tibetan Buddhism, Yama will see all of life and Karma is the “judge” that keeps the balance. The skull was blessed by a Tibetan Lama for its current journey and Walter is working with a Tibetan legal organization that is sending him to the refugee cities in India. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Yama is made from Aluminium, Titanium, Copper, Brass, Bronze Steel, Silver, Gold, Mercury with 4 Sapphires, 3 Rubies (The one at Yama’s third eye was $5000.00), Asian and American Turquoise, Sand, Blood, and 9 Opals inlayed in the Skull. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
The film loading system is pneumatic. A 300psi air tank in the middle of the camera powers 2 pneumatic pistons to move the film holder forward and lock it into place. The switch to open and close the film chamber is located under the jaw. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Designed for the study of exodus and for the research of modern incarnations of historical iconic figures. The photo series will take place in the Tibetan refugee cities of India, a home coming through the eyes of a 500 year old Tibetan. Below is a photograph taken with the camera.Image Hosted by ImageShack.us


Christie said...

Aren't those amazing! (I can hardly figure out how to use the 'one touch' camera).

Edgar and Edgar said...

WOW...that is amazing!!!! Thank you for my gift!!!! I love it!!!!!


A Fanciful twist said...

I am totally speechless!! Thank you for sharing. I am sitting here, totally amazed and in some way, inspired!! Happy Weekend!!