On View Nov 07 2017 – Oct 15 2018
Center for Theoretical Physics Building 6, 3rd Floor
I spend a lot of time looking at how light works to make a surface read well: concrete must have texture, steel must look robust, and glass must be clear. The way light strikes these materials is critical, and it can make or break a photograph.I chose a set of photographs that fit well at MIT: they are studies of the physics of surfaces: distortion, reflection, opacity and invisibility. Water is especially magic: wave patterns on the ocean in Maine become lines of force, the surface of a pond in the rain is insanely complex, while a tide pool with seaweed has a stillness that is profound.My favorite image is from Paris. While wandering past a bookshop window, I noticed the out-of-focus reflection of a classical statue at St. Sulpice: it seemed that art, literature, and architecture all collapsed into one picture.
A word about cameras: today’s 50MB digital cameras are all dumb acuity: they see everything but solve nothing. I have two pieces of advice for photographers: One: move around a lot and watch carefully what happens to your subject. Two: Buy really really good lenses. Mine are made by Nikon and Zeiss.
All the prints in this show were made by Mark Doyle at Autumn Color, a very fine printer.