Futuristic Tower Of Light (Jun, 1939)

Futuristic Tower Of Light
TO MAKE this trick shot, an enlarged photo was made of a common 1-1/2-in. wood screw. The image of the screw was cut from the print and pasted to another made from a cloud negative. The base line of trees was painted on the combined print with water color and the combination was copied with the camera on process film. The beams of light were worked in by hand on the copy negative and the final print was then made.

  1. Don says: March 25, 200911:04 pm

    Wow. That’s a picture of a wood screw. I never wood have guessed. It looks so much like a Futuristic Tower Of Light . . . .

  2. Jexer says: March 26, 200912:14 am

    That would be a great design for the Obama Presidential Library!

  3. Toronto says: March 26, 200912:27 am

    Funny – I was thinking of Bush’s. I guess I was focusing on the screw, not the beams.

  4. Dave says: March 26, 200912:30 am

    This enormous Futuristic Tower Of Light will devour us all! Aaaaah!

  5. Al Bear says: March 26, 20091:07 am

    Damn Photoshop’s great grand daddy.

  6. Steve says: March 26, 20091:42 am

    I’d like to see the futuristic tower of wood screws.

  7. Al says: March 26, 20097:53 am

    It looks like one of the props from the Future scenes of “Things To Come”….much the same type of heraldic architecture.

    Looks almost Soviet… 🙂

  8. jayessell says: March 26, 200912:40 pm

    Charlie… Wasn’t there a ‘Pleasure Tower’ mentioned in a previous article?
    Restaurant at the top?
    Cars drive up the screw?
    (I proposed a double helix to separate up and down traffic.)

  9. VH says: March 26, 20094:18 pm

    It’s a Nod Obelisk of Light, we’re all doomed.
    Also, looks like doing this stuff before Photoshop was hard work.

  10. John M. Hanna says: March 26, 200911:16 pm

    This would be an appropriate design for the new IRS headquarters.

  11. jayessell says: March 29, 20095:29 pm

    Here’s the tower I mentioned…


  12. Nomadic View says: March 31, 20095:08 am

    That would be fun sliding down that tower! weeeeeeee!

  13. mickey says: April 6, 20098:59 am

    i fail to see the purpose of this article other than to say “hey guys, look at our awesome tabloid-esque photo editing skills”

  14. systemic says: April 15, 20099:09 pm



  15. Bob says: July 23, 20091:22 am

    It’s already been started in Chicago (http://en.wikipedia.org…).

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