Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Specimen


TwoBirdsStuckOnTheWall, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

This is one from the "New Beginnings" project that I've just started to work on. I really love shooting inside of the science labs, so much so that I have decided I'm going to call this work "specimen" and prepare a small sampling for the blog.

I studied science in school. It was always one of my favorite subjects. I like to see how things work, what things look like, I like to take things apart and piece them back together again. I love riddles and puzzles and games. When I get inside of a lab, I like to play, to touch things, to explore, to see how things work.

I think my brain was just formed that way. I've always been curious, liked to explore, and had a hankering for the abstract. I was delighted to shoot inside of a science lab because, as I was taking pictures, all of this and more came back to me. I wanted to touch, I wanted to play, I wanted to study, I wanted to learn again.

For a long time, after I got my master's degree, I vowed that I would never go back to school. But, you know what they say, never say never. I may go back again someday. Actually, I think it would be a luxury to go back to school again.

Sure, I'd love to study music or art or screenwriting, maybe read more about philosophy, but science, that's not material best left for a book. You need a lab coat, a microscope, and a sink to really do that. And, that's just for starters.

Do you want to know how the world works? I mean really works, not just how it's described in a dusty book somewhere, but how things actually move, and fly and function? How electricity works, how to split the atom, or why it is that the elephant is harmless but the scorpion is deadly? If you want to lean about that kind of stuff, you need to study science. I can't believe I'd forgotten how cool it is to do that, or to be in that kind of environment, but there you have it.

Science. It always just works, it's always there, even when you don't think about it so much.

Until next time...

2 comments:

mythopolis said...

I love going to the Chicago museums and one of my favorites is the Museum of Science and Industry.........amazing exhibits. I love to take things apart to see how they work...the one that got me in trouble was my sister's doll that cried or said 'mommy pick me up'...I just had to cut the doll open to find out how it was making those sounds! Oooops........grounded!

Ram Venkatararam said...

I'm looking forward to seeing more of these photos.

The birds are a little disturbing...I can only imagine what else you might find.

All the best, Ram