Photos from the final presentations of projects in the Interaction of Light & Matter course at UChicago in Fall 2012.

Interaction of Light & Matter

Sidney Nagel and James Carpenter organised a collaborative art-science course at the University of Chicago this quarter. The course brought together students from the arts and sciences and challenged them to think about low-level light. The brief was to use their knowledge in their respective fields to end up with a final artistic exploration of the nature of low-level light.

I took photos at the final presentations. All the projects were quite interesting and innovative; and to my surprise very different from each other. Unfortunately I did not have my camera duringe one demonstration; and the project I participated in was demonstrated in utter darkness and so could not be photographed!


- Chet, Corinna, Marco, Nicole
- Jen, Julian, Maymay
- Andrzej, Annette
- Claire, Gwen, Hannah
- Eran, Leela
A couple of these photos were used in the article Twilight Zone by Lydialyle Gibson in The University of Chicago Magazine.

5 Responses:

Sarah-L-B said...

I love these! Use of light and bokeh can be so beautiful :)

Varun N. Achar said...

Hey Kartik, great shots! Can you please share some details about these projects, so we can better understand and appreciate the pictures?

Kartik Prabhu said...

@Sarah Thanks! I can finally take such pictures with my new lens... :)

@Varun I thought about writing a small description for each one, but the major aspect of every project was not the visual but the experience they created.

I decided that it would be quite a misrepresentation for me to write about them in any way.

the guy who typed this. said...

Lovely sets! Quite an interesting idea for an exhibition and I can imagine the effect if one was there. Were these taken with the new 14-42 pancake?

A few of the pics were too blurry for my taste, since I wanted to see the aspect of "interaction of light with matter" there, but most were very beautiful to see.

Kartik Prabhu said...

@tgwtt These were taken with a 20mm/f1.7 pancake.