“A Medium of Wonder” – The Science-Inspired Photo Art of Caleb Charland

Posted by on Wednesday September 28, 2016 | Fine Art

In the popular imagination, science springs from the left brain while creativity and art are the province of the right brain. It’s not true, of course, but it’s a convenient short-hand for these two seemingly disparate pursuits.

There’s no such dichotomy in the work of Maine photographer Caleb Charland, who uses photographic art to explore scientific subjects.

We profiled the work of Caleb Charland in May (subscriber link) but this video also provides a nice overview of his approach, which draws its inspiration from the early pioneers of photography. Charland’s work has involved exposing photographic paper with a candle on a pendulum (wax drips and all) and placing a camera on his solar plexus to capture long exposures of the night sky as his chest rises and falls.

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