Looking through Time

"Looking through Time" is based on a reversible portrait that can be seen as two different faces when viewed in two different orientations. Rex Whistler was the master of this particular form of illusion. In this print, the reflected portrait shows an older version of the same man seen in the portrait on the dresser. An hourglass is symbolic of the passage of time, and appropriately is turned upside down when it is used. In the hourglass in the foreground, only a small portion of the sand has fallen through to the lower chamber, while in the reflected hourglass, more than half the sand has passed through. "Looking through Time" is a limited edition of 50 digital prints executed in 2005; image size 10" x 13".

Copyright 2005 Robert Fathauer