A challenging scorch assignment that I had been putting off, and off, and off…

 

Update: This posting is now being discussed on Dan Porter’s shroudstory site.

Yes, I bought the crucifixion brass in Antibes almost a year ago, intending to test the contact-scorch hypothesis for the Shroud image with some demanding physical relief, i.e. bits that stick out.

Antibes market, Dec 2012 .No, I didn’t tell the stall-holder what I intended to do with her object of religious devotion (when finally overcoming inertia, to say nothing of abject cowardice).

And I had been putting it off, feeling that gluttons for punishment were people who dived  off 100ft cliff faces into  a 5ft depth of water below, well provided with rocky pools and crabs. But David Goulet on Dan Porter’s shroudstory.com site issued the challenge to produce a scorch image off difficult 3D contours, so I finally decided to take the plunge. The preliminary findings, not nearly so damning to all my cack-handed probings as I had first imagined, were reported on earlier postings. But David wanted especially to know how the methodology coped with the dorsal side of a post-crucifixion posture, with knees drawn up etc, for which my bit of brass might, just might, offer some compelling modelling possibilities, well approximations at any rate.

So here’s a series of photographs taken of the scorching in the kitchen in strict time sequence. I’ll add some more later of the 3D-processing in ImageJ.

Heating stage (dorsal)

Heating stage (dorsal)

First imprint - too hot, too dark.

First imprint – too hot, too dark.

Second imprint (right) - after cooling

Second imprint (right) – after cooling. Note btw, that I turned the fabric up so as to imprint the soles of the feet, as per Shroud.

Comparison of scorch images with original template

Comparison of scorch images with original template

Close-up of dorsal side upper image

Close-up of dorsal side upper image

Midriff region - dorsal side scorch image

Midriff region – dorsal side scorch image

As above - fainter more superficial image

As above – fainter more superficial image

Here are those images from above (dark v fainter scorch) after 3D-enhancement in Image J. Note the increasingly Shroud like appearance, especially with the imaging of dorsal side feet after turning up the fabric during imprinting - surely hich i

Here are those images from above (dark v fainter scorch) after 3D-enhancement in Image J. Note the increasingly Shroud like appearance.  That belt (loin cloth) could be the subject of another posting.

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About Colin Berry

Retired science bod, previous research interests: phototherapy of neonatal jaundice, membrane influences on microsomal UDP-glucuronyltransferase, defective bilirubin and xenobiotic conjugation and hepatic excretion, dietary fibre and resistant starch.
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