These are my photographs.
On Physical Lines of Force, 2011
One photograph is missing- the computer I had these saved on was stolen and I can’t find the fifth and final photograph of the equation of the speed of light. Mega frown.
From my artist’s statement:
"Light- the electromagnetic spectrum- is the key to our understanding of everything around us. These pieces are of the four Maxwell equations and the equation that proves the speed of light as a physical constant; these equations would eventually underlie all modern communication and electrical technology, as well as aspects of general and special relativity.
The Maxwell equations were part of the 1861 paper “On Physical Lines of Force” by the Scottish physicist/mathematician James Clerk Maxwell (who, incidentally, took the first color photograph in 1861).
These equations are mathematically elegant and concise; they are also visually beautiful. What is intended for purely scientific purposes also has its own aesthetic. It doesn’t stop at simple visual appreciation- the door to the mind of the observer is unlocked through their eyes. By writing the equations that prove that light, electricity and magnetism are all part of the same phenomenon with light and using a media that depends entirely on light (the very word ‘photography’ means ‘light drawing’), the series seeks to encourage the viewer to actually think about it as something more than mere illumination. It is something so basic, so taken for granted, yet it affects and manifests itself in literally every aspect of our modern existence.”