Quantum Elements: art & science

Fresnel Coefficients #5601, Quantum Elements 2020 copyright Douglas Stockdale –

Now that we are able to see the amazing photographs of the universe being captured by the James Webb space telescope, who cannot be blown out of their chairs? Wow! Even though I am trying to stay focused on the pre-launch activities of my new artist book, I find myself captivated by these stellar images. Being a science-geek, I also find myself contemplating my pandemic project, Quantum Elements.

The science that structures the universe is equally applicable to atomic events that occur here on Earth, we just cannot observe directly what is occurring at the sub-atomic granular level. We can see visual evidence in our macro world that some of things occurring at the sub-atomic function are similar to ‘out-there’. Which brings me to my attempts to capture some of the macro attributes of quantum mechanics in this project.

Btw, the quantum mechanic science guys use the theories of Fresnel Coefficents to explain some of what can be seen in this image above, including the color attributes that we call color-fringing. Earlier, when writing about the pending launch of the James Webb space telescope, I had speculated on what we might find and see. I do not think that I had come close…nevertheless, while working on this project in 2020, I had thought that the inherent color-fringing was distracting (see the earlier version below) so I used the Photoshop Raw process to eliminating it. I now think that removing the color-fringing might have been a mistake, as the original image above I think looks more interesting and to be more in line with what the Webb space-scope is capturing. Cool! So I will have a lot of work to ‘correct’ many of my earlier images. It’s all good…


Cheers & make every day an Earth Day


Btw, last weekend to snatch a pre-order price for my artist book. Just saying…


Pre-publication SaleThe Flow of Light Brushes the Shadow, an artist book from Singular Images Press, the artist book is $50.00 USD (regularly $60.00) & the Artist Special Edition (book + print) $100.00 USD (regularly $125.00), plus CA taxes for US sales and shipping. This special price ends in July. Message me, doug@douglasstockdale.com or singularimagespress@gmail for shipping details and PayPal invoice.

Call for artwork:

SouthEast Center of Photography (SEC4P) open call for the exhibition The Green Environment, being juried by Douglas Stockdale. Submissions are now open and Submissions Close 7/31/22. For more information about the exhibition, here.

Book workshop:

Southeast Center for Photography (SEC4P): Creative PhotoBook workshop (Sold Out), a virtual event on Zoom; November 5 & 6 and 12 & 13, 2022, 10am – 1pm, EST (3 hour session each day, with a week between the weekend sessions to work your book-dummy). Wait list available for sign-up.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: