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12 Nov 09:32

Stavros Stamatiou

by Eyeshot Magazine

A raven’s dream. The series “A raven’s dream” is an attempt to deal with the uncanny (“unheimlich”), to dive into an age of innocence where everything seemed to be mysterious, enigmatic, sometimes ominous.
“A raven’s dream” is consisted both of images that can be described as “street photography” as well as from pictures that are “staged”. For this particular presentation, I selected only pictures from the first category. The title “A raven’s dream” is a reference to the works of Edgar Alan Poe.

Photographer: Stavros Stamatiou

Country: Greece

Bio: I am an amateur photographer, born in Kozani-Greece in 1965. I studied at the Pedagogical Academy of Heraklion and since 1988 I have been working as a teacher in public education. I currently live in the Municipality of Thermaikos. I am a member of the Photography Center of Thessaloniki, BULB collective and the CLICKERS. I have attended photography lessons with Tasos Schizas and art photography seminars with Plato Rivellis, Stratos Kalafatis, Paris Petrides, and Iraklis Papaioannou. I have participated in workshops with photographers Eva Voutsaki, Nikos Economopoulos, Michael Ackerman, Achilles Nasios and Jason Eskenazi and portfolio reviews with Haris Kakarouhas and Jacob Aue Sobol. I have participated in many group exhibitions and photography festivals and some of my works have been published in reputed Greek and foreign journals – printed and online – and photography websites. My series “A raven’s dream” was shortlisted for the Gomma Grant 2017 and awarded for the Best B/W picture.

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25 Oct 08:19

A Nearly Perfect Rectangular Iceberg Spotted in the Antarctic

by Kate Sierzputowski
Photo credits: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck

Photo credits: NASA/Jeremy Harbeck

Earlier this month NASA’s cryosphere research division, NASA ICE, posted an image of a peculiar iceberg floating near the Larsen C Ice Shelf. Its perfectly rectangular shape and flat surface sparked the interest of many online, but its form is one that is more common than one might expect. Unlike the recognizable pyramid-shaped icebergs, tabular icebergs split from the edges of ice shelves when they become too brittle. In 2017 an iceberg the size of Delaware broke off of the same arctic ice shelf. The iceberg weighed over a trillion tons, and was one of the largest ever recorded.

The recent image of the tabular iceberg was taken as a part of Operation IceBridge, NASA’s extensive survey of Earth’s Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves, and sea ice. You can see the edge of the perfectly formed tabular iceberg in addition to a slightly less rectangular example in the image taken by IceBridge senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck below. A GIF of a plane from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center approaching the iceberg can be viewed their Twitter. (via NASA ICE)

09 Oct 11:18

A Rare Tropical Glacier Captured at Night in Drone-Illuminated Photographs by Reuben Wu

by Laura Staugaitis

Photo Credit:  Reuben Wu courtesy of Coors Light from its Great Big Story video series “Made From Mountains”

In the ever-widening world of drone photography, Reuben Wu (previously) has made a name for himself with his unique images that combine lighted drone patterns with stark observations of natural land formations. Two months ago, Wu travelled to Peru to continue his body of work called Lux Noctis. Peru’s Pastoruri Glacier is a rare remaining tropical glacier, sited at 17,000 feet above sea level in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range.

The trip was part of the filming for a Great Big Story (previously) video series titled “Made From Mountains,” and involved research, scouting, and treacherous travel to safely reach the glacier. In addition to the logistical challenges and the frigid, remote location, Wu shares with Colossal, “I photographed the glacier with conflicting feelings. I wanted to show evidence of its alarming retreat, yet I was drawn to the epic scale of the ice which remained. In the end I leaned towards the latter, but each photograph represents a bleak reality, a fading memory of what once stood.”

You can see more of the artist’s illuminated photography on Instagram and Facebook. Wu’s artist book of his Lux Noctis series is available for pre-order and is already almost sold out. Reuben Wu’s “Coors Light: Made from Mountains” episode is featured on greatbigstory.com. (via PetaPixel)

10 Sep 08:06

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06 Sep 10:49

Oh, But Could It Be True…

This photographer playfully questions the role of text in defining the bounds of street photography.
04 Sep 08:27

Scientific journals have to tear down paywall; open access for all

by hanneke
From 2020 all scientific papers resulting from publicly funded research in the Netherlands will be freely available for anyone to...
24 Aug 11:04

Miniature Houses on Cork Cliffs Float Inside Handmade Wooden Frames

by Kate Sierzputowski

Designer Rosa de Jong produces micro homes that are built into the side of tiny cliffs constructed out of cork. Her miniature environments are covered in fake moss and dotted with modeling trees, which add an enchanting element to the small homes. Previously she has suspended her creations in glass tubes, which created the illusion that the works were floating in mid-air.

Her most recent pieces hang between two panes of glass and are secured with thin wires. De Jong collaborated with her father to create the wooden frames for the structures, which include tiny wheels that allow the owner to adjust the position of the floating islands. Two of her new works, Remembered and Imagined, will be shown simultaneously at an upcoming dual-city exhibition which opens on August 24, 2018 at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia and August 30, 2018 at Antler Gallery in Portland, Oregon. You can see more of the Amsterdam-based designer’s miniature homes on Instagram and her Micro Matter website.

16 Aug 14:44

Look Inside the World’s Most Beautiful Libraries in a New 560-Page Photo Book by Massimo Listri

by Laura Staugaitis

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All photographs © Massimo Listri / TASCHEN

Italian photographer Massimo Listri has spent decades traversing the globe to document the spectacular architecture, sculptural elements, and furnishings of historic libraries. His new book, The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, includes views inside such rarefied locations as the Palafoxiana Library in Pueblo, Mexico and the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, France. Listri also includes descriptions and histories of each library. The 560-page tome is published by TASCHEN and available on Amazon and the TASCHEN website.

Klosterbibliothek Metten, Metten, Germany

Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, France

Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

Stiftsbibliothek Admont, Admont, Austria

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbria, Portugal

Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome, Italy

Strahovská Knihovna, Prague, Czech Republic

07 Aug 12:23

Japanese Musician Creates Unique Drum Beats by Tapping on Vintage Tape Recorders

by Kate Sierzputowski

Japanese musicians Ei Wada, Haruka Yoshida, and Masaru Yoshida create reverberating drum beats on the outstretched tape of cracked open reel-to-reel tape recorders from the 1970s and 1980s. The group, appropriately named Open Reel Ensemble, produces an intriguing timbre that more closely resembles a synthesizer than an analog drum. The group has created the soundtrack for Japanese designer ISSEY MIYAKE‘s last four seasons. You can listen to more compositions by the trio, including this song that mixes their unique drumming technique with a keyboard, on Youtube.

11 Jun 08:38

The Japanese Mini Truck Garden Contest is a Whole New Genre in Landscaping

by Johnny Strategy

The Kei Truck, or kei-tora for short, is a tiny but practical vehicle that originated in Japan. Although these days it’s widely used throughout Asia and other parts of the world, in Japan you’ll often see them used in the construction and agriculture industries as they can maneuver through small side streets and easily park. And in a more recent turn of events, apparently they’re also used as a canvas for gardening contests.

The Kei Truck Garden Contest is an annual event sponsored by the Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors. Numerous landscaping contractors from around Japan participate by arriving on site with their mini trucks and then spending several hours transforming the cargo bed into a garden.

Other than using the kei truck there are very few limitations and landscapers have incorporated everything from benches and aquariums to elements of lighting into their designs. Judges then rank the entries based on planning, expression, design, execution and environment.

We’ve included a few of our favorite entries here but you can see more on the website of the Osaka branch, as well as this PDF from the Hanshin branch. (Syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

17 May 11:01

An Examination of the Color Black in Gorgeous Portraits by Yannis Davy Guibinga

by Kate Sierzputowski
Images from the series "The Darkest Colour," photographed by Yannis Davy Guibinga, featuring Tania Fines and Madjou Diallo, and with bodypainting by Jean Guy Leclerc. All images via Yannis Davy Guibinga.

Images from the series “The Darkest Colour,” photographed by Yannis Davy Guibinga, featuring Tania Fines and Madjou Diallo, and with bodypainting by Jean Guy Leclerc. All images via Yannis Davy Guibinga.

Self-taught Gabonese photographer Yannis Davy Guibinga is known for portraits that highlight the diversity of cultures and identities in the African diaspora. His works are often richly hued, with subjects positioned against bright gradient backgrounds or adorned in warm tones.

In his project The Darkest Colour however, Guibinga moves away from his multi-colored photo shoots to focus entirely on the color black and its relationship to darkness, mourning, and death. The series is set in front of a matte black background and features two nude models whose skin has also been painted black. The works seek to unpack the negative aspects of the both the color and its symbolism.

“Black is generally the colour associated with tragedy, death, and mourning, and the act of passing away is considered to be a tragedy in many cultures,” Guibinga tells Colossal. “‘The Darkest Colour’ seeks to redefine association of black and death with tragedy and sadness by representing the act of passing away as more of a relaxing experience.”

The 22-year-old photographer is currently a student in professional photography at Marsan College in Montreal. You can see more of his portraits, like his series 2050 which explores the future of fashion from a black woman’s perspective, on his website and Instagram. (via WideWalls)

Images from the series "The Darkest Colour, "photographed by Yannis Davy Guibinga, featuring Tania Fines and Madjou Diallo, and with bodypainting by Jean Guy Leclerc. All images via Yannis Davy Guibinga.

15 May 08:51

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01 May 09:15

Reading an article on your phone in 2018

by CommitStrip

28 Mar 11:29

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Fresh

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28 Mar 11:28

Lux Noctis By Photographer Reuben Wu

by Alice Finney

Lux Noctis’, an ongoing photography series by Chicago-based artist Reuben Wu, depicts landscapes altered by the lighting effects of drones.

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28 Mar 11:28

UGEARS Launches 12 New Mechanical Models (Sponsor)

by Colossal

UGEARS continues to reveal the mystery of mechanics with twelve new mechanical models available exclusively on Kickstarter. Some designs are inspired by real-life prototypes, while others are original re-imaginings of historical mechanisms and the creatures from your wishlist.

All UGEARS models are made of sustainably sourced wood and are powered by rubber bands, gears, cranks, and gravity. No glue or batteries are required; simply follow the detailed step-by-step illustrated manual with instructions in 11 languages to complete your model.

The Horse-Mechanoid, the Tower Windmill, Aviator, V-Express Steam Train with Tender, a Secret model, the Archballista-Tower, the Stagecoach, the Roadster, the Bike, the Heavy Boy Long-Hauler with Trailer, and Flexi-Cubus will be your companions on an exciting mechanical journey through history.

The UGEARS team is continuously working on fascinating new self-propelled wooden models. With your support, UGEARS can develop more new DIY models all over the world.

Whether you’re a hobbyist, looking for an original gift idea, or are simply curious, UGEARS mechanical models provide hours of fun and the joy of creating. The UGEARS mission is to give an unforgettable time of working together on things that are popular for all ages.

This post was sponsored by UGEARS.

27 Mar 09:19

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Monkey

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21 Mar 08:53

Public Restroom: A Bathroom Reimagined as a Town Square Using Custom-Printed Tiles

by Laura Staugaitis

Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika has given a second life to a restroom by reinterpreting its tiled walls as building facades. Each tile features a unique view of a generic rectangular window, offering glimpses into the nuanced lives of individuals. Some windows are closed to the viewer with lace curtains; in others, a person or a houseplant peeks out. The creators share that the photos are from the neighborhood where the bathroom is located. They first made stickers to apply to the tiles, and then experimented with printing the photos directly on the tiles. You can find more projects by Gyva Grafika on Behance and their website. (via Design You Trust)

 

16 Mar 09:07

Surreal Photography by Brooke DiDonato

by benja1

Brooke DiDonato (b.1990) is a visual artist from Ohio. Her photographs depict everyday settings and objects with a surreal twist, using visual anomalies as a framework to explore the psyche. By challenging the of assumed reality of a photograph, her images lead viewers through a storyline that is both real and constructed. DiDonato lives and works in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brooke DiDonato on Behance and her Website

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14 Mar 21:11

Goodbye Stephen Hawking

by CommitStrip

14 Mar 10:26

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Monster

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14 Mar 10:25

A Short Film Captures the Reactions of LA Residents to Viewing the Moon Through a Traveling Telescope

by Kate Sierzputowski

Directors Alex Gorosh and Wylie Overstreet have released another film about the moon after their previous educational short outlining why the 2017 eclipse should not be missed. A New View of The Moon features Overstreet parking his telescope at the cross-section of various LA sidewalks to give spontaneous glimpses of the moon to interested passersby.

Over the course of 18 months the pair brought the telescope to as many diverse locations across the city as possible, making sure not to focus on any specific neighborhood or landmark. Despite the range of individuals that snuck a peek at the orbiting astronomical body, each had the same reaction— complete awe.

“To be able to see it up close and feel like you could almost reach out and touch it, that’s what makes it real to us,” said Overstreet in the short film. “It makes you realize that we are all on this small little planet, and we all have the same reaction to the universe we live in. I think there is something special about that, something unifying. It’s a great reminder that we should look up more often.”

If you are interested in getting your own look at the moon, check your local library. Many across the US and UK rent out telescopes free of charge. For more videos by Gorosh (including this piece where he attempts to view every single piece of art in London in one day) check out his website. You can also view more short films by Overstreet on his website.

06 Mar 19:14

Long Exposure Photos Capture the Light Paths of Drones Above Mountainous Landscapes

by Kate Sierzputowski

Photographer Reuben Wu creates images that reveal an alien splendor in natural and manmade landscapes across the globe. Previously he has explored the brilliant blue rivers of molten sulfur in Indonesian volcanoes, and photographed the thousands of glistening mirrors that compose Nevada’s SolarReserve. For his ongoing series Lux Noctis, the Chicago-based photographer utilizes modified drones as aerial light sources, illuminating obscure landscapes in a way that makes each appear new and unexplored.

Recently Wu has evolved his process of working with the drones to form light paths above topographical peaks in the mountainous terrain. “I see it as a kind of ‘zero trace’ version of land art where the environment remains untouched by the artist, and at the same time is presented in a sublime way which speaks to 19th century Romantic painting and science and fictional imagery,” said Wu to Colossal.

The light from his GPS-enabled drones create a halo effect around some of the presented cliffs and crests when photographed using a long exposure. An elegant circle of light traces the flight of the drone, leaving a mark only perceptible in the resulting photograph. You can see more of Wu’s landscape photography on his Instagram and Facebook. (via Faith is Torment)

04 Mar 17:45

Bizarre Instagram post shows kingfisher bird frozen in solid ice

by Janene Pieters

Christoph van Ingen from Oostzaan took a bizarre photo while skating on a ditch in his neighborhood on Thursday - a kingfisher bird perfectly frozen in the ice.

"We saw something blue in the ice and stopped to see what it was", Van Ingen said to RTL Nieuws. He took a photo with his phone and posted it on Instagram.

01 Mar 13:38

Born Of Fire: EWE Studio’s Limited Edition Furniture Collection

by Alice Harrison

Wood, steel and blown glass have all been altered by fire to produce EWE Studio’s limited-edition furniture and lighting collection, entitled ‘Alquimia’.

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26 Feb 09:58

Toiletpaper Magazine

by benja1

Maurizio Cattelan (born 21 September 1960) is an Italian artist. He is known for his satirical sculptures, particularly La Nona Ora (1999) (The Ninth Hour, depicting Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteorite), Him (2001), and Love Lasts Forever (1997).

From 1996 to 2007, together with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Paola Manfrin, Cattelan published 15 issues of Permanent Food: a magazine built by pages torn from other magazines.

In 2009, Cattelan teamed up with Italian photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari to create an editorial for W magazine’s Art Issue. In 2010, they founded the magazine Toiletpaper, a bi-annual, picture-based publication.As part of a public art series at the High Line in 2012, Toiletpaper was commissioned with a billboard at the corner of 10th Avenue and West 18th Street in New York, showing an image of a woman’s manicured and jeweled fingers, detached from their hands, emerging from a vibrant blue velvet background.In 2014, Cattelan and Ferrari produced a fashion spread for the Spring Fashion issue of New York Magazine.

In the project entitled 1968, A Toiletpaper collaboration between Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari and the Deste Foundation in Athens, Cattelan celebrates the works and time of Dakis Joannou and his collection of radical design. “1968 is a collection of dreams and nightmares, an inspiring compendium of colorful, ironic materials, objects, and bodies. Toiletpaper’s interpretation of the collection results in mind blowing photographs that trap us in a complex system of references, crossing layers, three dimensional and real time collages. 1968 is a rainbow, the memory of a storm and the positive projection of a newborn sun: the history plus the future, masterly shown in the drawings by one of the primary characters of the radical design movement, Alessandro Mendini, who adds a vital contribution to Toiletpaper’s visuals.”—P. of cover.

On opening night of the Maurizio Cattelan retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum of New York, a Hummer stretch limo with the words “TOILETPAPER” printed on the side was not-so-discreetly parked outside the museum. The images in the magazine might appear to have been appropriated from world’s most surreal stock-photograph service, but they’re all made from scratch. “Every issue starts with a theme, always something basic and general, like love or greed,” Cattelan has explained. “Then, as we start, we move like a painter on a canvas, layering and building up the issue. We always find ourselves in a place we didn’t expect to be. The best images are the result of improvisation”. Many images are rejected, he said, because they’re “not Toiletpaper enough”. What makes a Toiletpaper photo? “We keep homing in on what a Toiletpaper image is. Like distilling a perfume. It’s not about one particular style or time frame; what makes them Toiletpaper is a special twist. An uncanny ambiguity.” (Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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26 Feb 09:58

Surreal Photography by Arno Rafael Minkkinen

by benja1

For the longest time, you have been told that reality is something that can be bound by conventional standards. It has a height. It has a length. It has a width. It has a depth. For the longest time, we have agreed consciously or subconsciously to this general collective definition.

Well, the nineteenth century came along and it started casting into doubt the centrality of artistic truth as changes in how the human condition is approached, namely in innovations in psychoanalysis, psychology and cognitive sciences. We have started to look at reality from a psychological perspective differently.

Add to the mix Albert Einstein’s revolutionary ideas contained in the Theory of Relativity, and it becomes quite clear that reality is not what we assumed it to be. In fact, we have become so disconcerted, so fazed by the concept of multiple sources of reality and multiple judgments that we have reached a point where it really all boils down to individual point of view.

In the sciences, this is embodied by the Heisenberg principle. According to this principle, the moment you start observing any kind of phenomenon, you start changing it. Observation in of itself changes the phenomenon. Now, this is not some sort of philosophical or even quasi-metaphysical or even more distant mystical revelation. This is hard science. There are actual hard mathematical equations that prove this.

In fact, modern physics have all sorts of workarounds against the Heisenberg principle because you don’t want it to throw off whatever truth claims you come up with from your study. This is a big deal, and the artistic element of this played out in the 1920s but really reached ahead in the 1970s. In the 1920s, the idea that reality can only be represented a certain way was really starting to crumble.

If you took Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory and you created that work in, let’s say, the 1500s, there’s probably a good chance that you would at best gain the mild disapproval of art critics; at worst, you might find yourself burning at the stake because back then, if the authorities could not understand whatever ideas that you are championing, there’s a good chance they would be threatened so much by it that it can lead to severe risks to your physical safety.

Flash forward several hundred years and we’re in a completely different place. Now, the whole idea of truth is under assault. Whether you agree with this or not, it is the reality. Somebody’s truth is not necessarily somebody else’s truth because we are all looking at the same phenomenon from different perspectives. We have different experiences. We have different pasts.

All these differences add up to a tremendous amount of changes in how we perceive things, and the big difference from our mindset now from our mindset in the 1500s is that you’re not going to necessarily harm somebody or put somebody in some sort of outsider group because they have a different set of personal truths from you.

Of course, there is a logical limit to this. If you think that murder is perfectly okay, then there’s a problem because you’re going to be infringing on somebody else’s rights. You might kill other people or you might turn a blind eye when others kill each other. That seems to be the logical limit of this new postmodern ethic, which is harm. So, as long as nobody is harming each other, everybody is pretty much free to march their own tune.

This is the spirit that really informs the work of Arno Rafael Minkkinen. It’s all about the internal realities that we walk around with and how we read these personal narratives and realities into the works of art and also the natural phenomena that we care to observe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s Website

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26 Feb 09:56

Clever and Witty Illustrations by Tango Gao

by benja1

Tango, Gao Youjun(高幼軍) is a Shanghai-born artist, illustrator and author. He graduated from the Mathematics Department of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. After he discovered he’d rather be an artist than a scientist, he pursued his dream of drawing by completing a masters degree at the Academy of Arts & Design before entering the prosperous advertising industry at the end of the 1990s.
After being challenged by a friend in 2010 to draw one cartoon each day and post it on the popular Chinese social media site Weibo, Tango quickly gained global popularity for his quirky cartoons, which poke fun at the everyday routines and oddities of modern life. Tango, a critic of censorship in his home country, has also used his art to explore Chinese and American politics and society’s obsession with technology and social media. His solo shows have captivated audiences in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Brussels, Cheonan Korea, Paris and New York. Tango is today one of the most popular illustration artists in China (微博漫画红人) as well as a renowned advertising creative director.

“My day is like my drawing, It makes no sense and is finally meaningless. This nonsense is the bittersweet truth, the most straightforward metaphor I’ve hidden in my illustrations.”
-Tango Gao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tango Gao’s Website

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14 Feb 09:14

Photo of a Single Atom Wins Top Prize in Science Photography Contest

by Christopher Jobson

Image © David Nadlinger / Oxford University

You might need your glasses for this one. Quantum physicist David Nadlinger from the University of Oxford managed to capture an image that would have been impossible only a few years ago: a single atom suspended in an electric field viewable by the naked eye. The amazing shot titled “Single Atom in an Ion Trap” recently won the overall prize in the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) science photo and imaging contest. You can see the atom in the shot above, the tiny speck at the very center.

To be clear, the photo doesn’t capture just the atom, but rather light emitted from it while in an excited state. From the EPSRC:

‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’, by David Nadlinger, from the University of Oxford, shows the atom held by the fields emanating from the metal electrodes surrounding it. The distance between the small needle tips is about two millimetres.

When illuminated by a laser of the right blue-violet colour the atom absorbs and re-emits light particles sufficiently quickly for an ordinary camera to capture it in a long exposure photograph. The winning picture was taken through a window of the ultra-high vacuum chamber that houses the ion trap.

Laser-cooled atomic ions provide a pristine platform for exploring and harnessing the unique properties of quantum physics. They can serve as extremely accurate clocks and sensors or, as explored by the UK Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub, as building blocks for future quantum computers, which could tackle problems that stymie even today’s largest supercomputers.

“The idea of being able to see a single atom with the naked eye had struck me as a wonderfully direct and visceral bridge between the minuscule quantum world and our macroscopic reality,” shared Nadlinger. “A back-of-the-envelope calculation showed the numbers to be on my side, and when I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot.”

You can follow more of his discoveries—large and small—on Twitter. (via PetaPixel)

13 Feb 09:10

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