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Scientific Curiosity Captured in Photos

Caleb Charland is a Maine-based photographer who combines a love of scientific experiments and photographs into wonderful and amazing photographs. If Isaac Newton or Benjamin Franklin were into photography, their photographs might look something like these:

“Wooden Box with Horseshoe Magnet”

“Atomic Model”

“Demonstration with Hair Dryer and Aluminum Foil”

“Candle in a Vortex of Water”

“Fifteen Hours”

Regarding his work, Charland tells us,

Wonder is a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty. It is the basis of my practice and results in images that are simultaneously familiar and strange. I utilize everyday objects and fundamental forces to illustrate experiences of wonder. Each photograph begins with a simple question “How would this look? Is that possible? What would happen if…?” and develops through a sculptural process of experimentation. As I explore the garage and search through the basement to solve these pictures, I find ways to exploit the mysterious qualities of these everyday objects and familiar materials.

To check out more of his work, you can visit his website.


Image credits: Photographs by Caleb Charland and used with permission.


 
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    I think it's a great combination of scientific production and photography.I loved the first and last one..These are beautiful, stunning images! I'm not sure what is happening with the hair dryer and the aluminum foil, though.Thanks for sharing..

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    Rarely a good photo. Well done

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    Your “comedy spectrum” has a blind spot.

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    You have got to be the most ignorant person if you couldn't pick up on that THICK sarcasm…

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    And some awful grammar.

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    or they could both be scientists and lazy arse photographers? :O

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    I really enjoy outragous science like shown in these photos. In the one with candles in the background it kind of looks like a skelton bride looking at the candles.

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    There are sixteen images which represent the candle not fifteen. Although the final occurrence of its expression is unlit by flame it is still a candle there.

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    In the last image, we can see that candle's height decreases almost logarithmically instead of linearly with time, as expected, but what if candle were uniform in circumference from top to bottom it would probably be linear.

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