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Artist Scott Speck
Electric Valkyrie Needs YOU
Fine Art Photography
I am a fine art photographer, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and I now live and work in the Baltimore, MD area. Despite my scientific career, including work with the Hubble Space Telescope Project, my greatest passion in life is in creating photographic art, typically with lensless pinhole film cameras and also with lensed film cameras. I usually shoot on 4×5 sheet film, and I enjoy exploring architectural, landscape, and portrait art.
My piece “Electric Valkyrie Needs YOU” is a whimsical retro sci-fi play on the patriotic “Uncle Sam Wants YOU” poster from the past. Electric Valkyrie is a fantastical superhero character of my invention, and she frequently wears an electric helmet that I designed and built, which is powered by eleven tubular light bulbs. This photograph was recorded on Kodak Portra 400 4×5 film using a Crown Graphic view camera, built in the 1950’s, with a Rodenstock 150mm lens. The original digital scan of the negative was 120 megapixels in size.