Artist and photographer Bill Fink is the mastermind behind “Time and Matter Photography”, an art form that involves producing photorealistic images out of literally any material or matter. Instead of conventional paint, the 60-year-old artist uses hair, human ashes, soil, egg shells, and all sorts of things to create images, often using the material itself to create its portrait. Some of Bill’s most notable works include a portrait of his eye made entirely from his own hair, an image of flowers made entirely from the pollen of those flowers, and the image of a man named Bob, made using his ashes.
“Photography makes an image from light reflecting off materials. Time and Matter Photography can capture the image and the material together as one”, the artist explains. “Some people are willing to pay a lot of money for the glove of Michael Jackson, or the gown of a movie star, but how important would a picture be if a teaspoon of John Lennon’s ashes was turned into his memorial picture, or if some of Paul McCartney’s hair was turned into his picture, or if a picture of Neil Armstrong was made of moon rock, or if a picture of the Hindenburg was made from a scrap of fabric from the Hindenburg”, he adds.
"Mom and Me" Made entirely of Mom's hair