FANCIFUL LIFE — Nydia Lilian
San José del Pacífico - Mazunte - Punta Cometa
Oaxaca, Mexico, 2013.
“An ongoing project of long exposure fine art photography concerning the bridge of Rio-Antirrio in Patra-Greece.”
Behavior of waves, 1962 – one of photographer Berenice Abbott’s minimalist black-and-white vintage imagery artfully capturing the concrete beauty of abstract scientific phenomena.
Silence, Solitude, Shoreline by Nathan Wirth
A group of swimmers at an indoor pool watch the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, Jacob Malik, filibustering in the UN Security Council in 1950.See more photos here.
Berenice Abbott, Photography and Science: An Essential Unity is the inaugural exhibition for the MIT Museum’s new Kurtz Gallery for Photography. It will run through Dec. 31, 2012.
About the exhibit:
Renowned for her early to mid-century photography in Paris and New York, Abbott also spent time at MIT during the late 1950’s when she was hired to create new photographic images for the teaching of physics.
Berenice Abbott spent two years at MIT creating photographs that memorably document the principles of physical science - mechanics, electromagnetism, and waves. She often developed innovative techniques for capturing scientific phenomena, including one for very detailed, close-in photography that she called Super Sight.
Abbott was a collaborative artist who used the potent force of her imagination to illustrate, and to inspire scientists, whom she viewed as fellow creators, grounded in reality, but ready to make leaps of discovery.
Beautiful double exposures by Christoffer Relander
Lightning Fields by Hiroshi Sugimoto
Sugimoto on his project:
The word electricity is thought to derive from the ancient Greek elektron, meaning “amber.” When subject to friction, materials such as amber and fur produce an effect that we now know as static electricity. Related phenomena were studied in the eighteenth century, most notably by Benjamin Franklin. To test his theory that lightning is electricity, in 1752 Franklin flew a kite in a thunderstorm. He conducted the experiment at great danger to himself; in fact, other researchers were electrocuted while conducting similar experiments. He not only proved his hypothesis, but also that electricity has positive and negative charges. In 1831, Michael Faraday’s formulation of the law of electromagnetic induction led to the invention of electric generators and transformers, which dramatically changed the quality of human life. Far less well-known is that Faraday’s colleague, William Fox Talbot, was the father of calotype photography. Fox Talbot’s momentous discovery of the photosensitive properties of silver alloys led to the development of positive-negative photographic imaging. The idea of observing the effects of electrical discharges on photographic dry plates reflects my desire to re-create the major discoveries of these scientific pioneers in the darkroom and verify them with my own eyes.
A photographer for over sixty years, Roger Mayne is best known for his post-war studies of London neighborhoods. Click-through for a photo slideshow of a selection of his work, now on display at the Gitterman Gallery: http://nyr.kr/N7zq0u
Return to the Wild by Kai and Sunny
Illustration. Scientists by Miguel Angel Camacho Ortega
aDiatomea by mrkism
aDiatomea is an artificial life system that uses various methods and notions of a-life research. The basic principle of aDiatomea is that every aspect of it is entirely mathematically generated and thus it is not created purposefully as an art piece but as a complex system that takes a life of its own. These artificial organisms are based on actual unicellular organisms known as Diatoms. These beautiful microscopic creatures are constructed using the superformula, an equation that can reproduce organic forms. Granular sound is injected in these organisms, acting as their life-force, while they interact with each other and their environment. This film shows a recording of 36 seconds of evolution, pushing the boundaries of complex computer calculations.
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