Zoltar Speaks by Chris Lord


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A creepy vintage coin operated fortune telling automaton machine at an amusement park. Shot with a Canon 5D MKII at Luna Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Edited and Texture added in Photoshop CS6 and Topaz Adjust.

10/28/2012 FEATURED in the redbubble group ART UNIVERSE

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Photography has been an obsession since I was 13 years old and went off to Italy clutching my mother’s 1940s roll film camera. I’ve been fooling with computers since I bought an Amiga 1000 back in 1985. My first chunky pixelized images were digitized into that machine using a black and white CCTV camera. At last, with today’s software and hardware I feel that I can create the images I see in my mind’s eye. Visit my website at www.PixielatedPixels.com

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  • Ms-Bexy
    Ms-Bexyabout 2 years ago

    Like from the movie BIG! cool shot :)

  • I know I saw that movie but have no recollection of it at all. I’ll have to refresh my poor brain! Thanks for the kind words Ms Bexy, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 2 years ago


  • Ah, another fix for my ’awesome" addiction :-) You are too kind JR, thanks very much.

    – Chris Lord

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

    10-28-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Thrilled for sure Kira, Thanks very much for the honor, You’ve made my day again :-)

    – Chris Lord

  • Lou-Garew
    Lou-Garewabout 2 years ago

    Great find…although I’ve always thought these things were a little creepy!

  • That’s exactly why I had so much fun capturing it. I love these machines because they are damn creepy! I grew up in Brighton, a seaside town and we had arcades full of very creepy penny slot machines. There were scenes of guillotines where someone got beheaded every time you dropped a penny in the slot and graveyards full of ghosts, sick laughing sailors and lots of fortune tellers. Great stuff and nearly all gone now. Thanks for the comment, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Yampimon
    Yampimonabout 2 years ago

    Nice one Chris, I was in a small museum not long ago that had quite a few of these machines, I tried to get some pictures but very tricky due to reflections in the glass. I would have been very happy to get some shots as good as this.

  • Hi Yampimon, I had issues with the glass too but luckily this machine was in a shady area so it wasn’t too bad. You can still see a few flare areas on the image where reflections on the glass showed up. Under the right hand lamp and on his face are two problem areas for instance. I did what I could but gave up at a certain point :-). If I had had a wider closer focusing lens on the camera I could have gotten right up against the glass and eliminated the glass as an issue but I had a 70 – 300 and was stuck needing to be at least four feet out. Still not to bad eh? :-) Thanks so much for the great comment my friend, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 2 years ago

    Please click on banner to see your feature and congratulate your fellow members!

  • WOW, great banner, what an honor ! I’m thrilled and very grateful Pamela, thanks very much indeed, cheers.

    – Chris Lord

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