July 09, 2011 through August 09, 2011

Jim Leisy “Amateur Physics”

Amateur Physics is a visual ramble from the literal to the metaphysical, with an occasional dash of humor. The series illustrates an idea, process or device from science or mathematics. Almost all the images were created using a small set made from a pasteboard box. The overarching goal was to make photographs that can be appreciated without knowing the back story.
The image making process embraces technologies that bridge the 21st and 19th centuries. Each photograph is captured in a digital camera, from the digital file a computer-generated negative is created to make a Van Dyke Brown contact print. The prints are made in spring-back wooden contact frames that are placed in my backyard to capture ultraviolet (UV) light from the sky, a method known as “printing out” or “sun printing.”



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