Artist Bio: Carl Kalbhen, MD

I have been a proud science geek for as long as I can remember, first embracing the concept that “physics is phun” in high school. My professional career has been spent as a radiologist, a medical doctor who stereotypically – but perhaps with more than a hint of truth – compensates for less-than-stellar bedside manner by having terrific rapport with mathematical equations. This thankfully has also forced me to think visually, in particular embracing the wonders of black and white imaging.

About a decade ago, it dawned upon me that my daily access to x-ray, ultrasound, CT and MRI equipment also provides me with many novel “cameras” with which to view the world. While anyone can take a cellphone picture of a flower bouquet, I am privileged to have the ability to take a 3D CT scan of one.

With this in mind, I pursue what I like to think of as “phun physics photography”. My portraits are not so much of special objects or settings, but rather of everyday items that I have the unique opportunity to visualize in unconventional ways. I especially love the juxtaposition of human anatomy (generally my hands) with recognizable inanimate objects. With the help of my very special BFF, Photoshop, I can add color to these greyscale landscapes as I see fit. I hope that you enjoy viewing my images as much as I do creating them.


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