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Radio Astronomy

VLA Platinum

The telescopes scientists use to look into the universe are often almost as beautiful as the subjects they study.

During a 3-week residency at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia, my creative partner Charles Witherspoon and I created hundreds of large format negatives to be used with alternative printing processes like platinum/palladium, cyanotype and uranotype. Since the telescopes are incredibly sensitive to radio interference, the observatory does not permit electronics of any kind on site. This was one of many reasons Green Bank made a perfect match for our style of work, as our primary camera was built in 1911.

Our April, 2015 trip to the Very Large Array in Socorro, New Mexico was also a tremendous success, another essential milestone on the road to building a relatively comprehensive body of work about radio astronomy. As the years go by, this project will hopefully grow into a definitive representation of this breathtakingly beautiful scientific discipline.

VLA Sunrise Salted Print

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