Ebbesen Davis


Austin artist Ebbesen Davis makes 3D photographs, working with 35 mm slide film and a Stereo Realist designed in the 1940’s. Framed prints of these 3D photos can be “free-viewed” as matched stereo pairs. Davis also exhibits his stereo photos in small binocular viewers, connecting these to sculptural supports he fashions from wood, copper tubing, glass, and other materials. While many of his stereo images represent familiar subjects, his photography often moves beyond conventional expectations with illusional abstracts. This work has been exhibited in art galleries and exhibition spaces in Austin and central Texas.

Recently, on a flight from Hawaii to Houston, Ebbesen created a group of 3D cloud photos by making sequential exposures with a digital camera. “As the plane descended towards Houston the sun began to rise, and the clouds were beautifully illuminated. The timing couldn’t have been better. The plane’s forward movement provided the right spacing between left and right images, and a scratch-free window was another gift in one of those rare moments when everything worked perfectly.” Some of these image pairs can be seen in the stereo gallery, and directions for “free-viewing” are provided on that page. By learning this technique, you should be able to experience the 3D effects these images present.

By projecting light through glass objects, Davis has also been experimenting with photograms. Using both hot and cold working methods, he fabricates these objects in his Austin art studio. “Most glass objects contain inner stress lines which we can’t see,” says Davis, “but these become visible in photograms. And this opens the door to lots of interesting possibilities.”