Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Doc Edgerton: the man who made time stand still

It was the title of an National Geographic Magazine article in October 1987 that featured Edgerton's work. While seeking for high speed photography technique I found out about Harold Eugene "Doc" Edgerton who invented ultra-high-speed and stop-action photography.

Edgerton, an electrical engineer and professor at MIT, was a pioneer in the field of high-speed photography, exploring the effects of the stroboscope and electronic flash when directed at moving objects. His subjects ranged from birds in flight to the first millionth of a second of an atomic blast. Some of his more famous images include the compression of a tennis ball against a racquet, the multiple movements of a golfer's swing, a speeding bullet as it passes through an apple, and the coronet formed by a milk drop as it splashes into a saucer. The exhibition contains many of these stop-motion images, which, in addition to being scientific evidence, are considered objects of art.

Milkdrop Coronet, 1957
Find more about his life and work at MIT museum website

Some of his interesting quotes i found in internet:

"Don't make me out to be an artist. I am an engineer. I am after the facts, only the facts."
"In many ways, unexpected results are what have most inspired my photography."

By the way, 1st image is "milk meets coffee" by Irene Müller.

More awesome photos are available here.


হাঁটুপানির জলদস্যু said...

খুবই ইন্টারেস্টিং!

Claudia said...

Thank you for posting this. Very interesting and informative!