Wednesday, April 23, 2008

More Folding

When in think of folding creating dimension, I cannot help but think of the theoretical wormholes in space. Wormholes are basically shortcuts (or folds) through time. These folds in time add a whole new dimension to time. No longer would time be a linear thing progressing only in one direction, time would be three dimensional and would only exist. To me this would eliminate the idea of progression in time, and things moving forward. It would be evidence that everything that exists has existed forever and will exist forever in this new, undefined dimension.

This image shows how the fold in time/space creates new dimensions. The wormhole affecting dimensions.

Folding- tissue growing video

The video that you posted about the regenerative capabilities that the human body has is right down my alley. I am a biomedical engineering student so this kind of stuff is really interesting to me. What is amazing to me is that the magical powder that they use to regenerate tissues is nothing more than a natural component of everyone. You and I have "extra cellular matrix" surrounding much of our cells. This is simply connective tissue made of sugars and proteins. It is amazing to me that something so simple can lead to such profound clinical implications.

I have often wondered what the limitations of the human body are. We do not currently have a complete understanding of the power of stem cells. In theory, these cells have the capability to become any part of any tissue found in the human body.

I'm sure many of you have seen the photos of the rat with the replacement ear growing on its back:

How will we set limitations on the use of such powerful entities. The moral implications that follow this topic are overwhelming.

Single Rose Video

The blog was not accepting all of the video files at once so I've added this one of the rose individually here.


As I stated previously in my posts about my project, I investigated framing mechanisms on how one can capture time. This was an attempt to further understand how things exist in time and space. The idea was to explore a way to frame a certain period of time that has elapsed in a manner that allowed the viewer to understand what has occurred over that period. I have always been fascinated with images that show change. I developed images that are composed of multiple images that were taken over the period of a couple weeks. The end product actually contain over 20 images each.

From these images I was able to construct small, time lapse videos that show the change as well.

The first one here is of a flowing blooming.

The second of is an ice cube melting into a shot glass.

The Melting Ice Cube

This is a video compiling 12 consecutive videos of the rose opening.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Project Updates

These images are of the pages that I worked on today documenting the ideas that I have about how to properly structure my project so that matching the images up in the end is as easy as possible. Some of the questions that are considered in this work are whether to use a box as a housing and how to properly light the objects.

Approaching my project in a lab setting

I have a couple ideas about how to continue with my project in a laboratory setting. I need to experiment with different lighting for the subjects as I shoot them. I also must build some sort of housing for the subjects. The housing is required so that the background is kept constant though out each picture as I will be overlaying multiple images into one final image. The focus of the final image should be the one subject(ice cube, flower) not the changing backgrounds. I was thinking of building a box out of wood and lining the box with either a white sheet or white poster board. The subject could be placed in the center of the box and the camera held at the same position on a tripod.

I could plan an test run with different backgrounds and see which one provides the most interesting way to view change over time. Should the background change, will this create a more engaging way to frame time? Or in contrast should the background be plain?

The Lab

The lab setting breeds discovery. The purpose of a lab is to safely bring together tools, equipment, and people so that they can all function in unison to ask questions and attack these questions in a thought out, purposeful method. Having an engineering background, I am inclined to say that the lab is a place where discoveries can be made about something that is not understood. My experiences in lab settings have included asking questions about how cells respond to insulin, about how certain gelatin compositions can mimic human brain tissue, about how a orthopedic implant can provide strength to an injured knee. Although these experiences involve questions related to medicine, obviously a laboratory setting is not limited to medicine or engineering. A person can step into an art studio and I think this is a lab. One has a goal in mind when creating a piece. Whether they question how people will respond to the final work, or even how their mind will flow, the thought process, that it will require to make the final work, one always has the desire to understand something when working.

Many times, when I am using a camera, I feel like an investigator. Even though my surroundings are never what I picture as being a "laboratory", I find myself conducting mini experiments to obtain the image that I have in my head. I make educated tests with lighting, surroundings, and positioning of the subject, framing, etc to create the picture that you desire. I may try a flash setting and see what happens, then change the angle of the flash, put a filter on the camera, change the approach to the subject, experiment with a deferent way to frame what I see through the lense, all of these are mini tests in which you acquire data through the resulting image. By looking at this data, my brain takes in information so that gradually I can create the exact image that I want. I guess this means that any time I am using a camera, I could potentially be in a lab. Although this is true, I must say that some of my best images require no such preemptive thought in which I think of.

An example of my laborious approach to photography is in the following images. I had a picture in mind, but initially could not find the right way to frame subject. I think I finally got what I was looking for. Can you tell what the subject is and why it looks the way it does?

As this discussion on how I have formed images in the past demonstrates, I think it absolutely necessary to view a print poam as a lab specimen. I think it is advantageous to do so. If you understand that you are working towards an end product, and are capable of stepping back with each step you make, whether it be forward or backward, and draw information from what you have done, I mean to draw conclusions about what has been understood by what you have done, you can then try again to move in the intended direction. If you have this kind of mentality and understanding of a work, you can make no mistakes and are less prone to frustration. If something does not turn out the way that you plan, do not simply trash what you have done, attempt to draw some info from it and move forward. This can be said about scientific experiments performed in scientific laboratories as well. Often times an experiment will not work as planned but you are still able to draw some conclusions from the outcomes, even though they may not lead to the exact answer in which you were searching for. These conclusions will help you get there.