Here's a bit of fun Sunday watching: a halftone portrait made with tens of thousands of platinum balls will soon be available by special order from Platinum Sphere Portrait. Personally, I find this more intersting from an engineering point of view rather than a photographic one. And sure, a 58x80cm portrait done in half a million dollars worth of platinum is mind boggling expensive but let's be honest, wouldn't it be cool to have one of your prints immortalized in an lustrous precious metal that will never tarnish or fade?
“This breathtakingly beautiful portrait, made of platinum, was produced with the very best jewellery craftsmanship in Japan. The world’s first portrait made of platinum, this piece of platinum art portrays a woman who exudes her unique beauty and confidence from within. Production of this one-of-the-kind portrait required platinum ingots, melted in a furnace at more than 1,700 Celsius degrees, which were shaped into balls in 2 to 5mm pitch. The platinum balls were then handed over to master craftsmen who painstakingly set each ball by hand to create the portrait.”