Break Beat with Sparkler and Metronome by Caleb Charland Fibonacci's Pendulumn by Caleb Charland

Physics is a natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.

Caleb Charland is an artist who beautifully blends physics and photography utilizing everyday objects:

"By transforming everyday household objects into unexpected experiences, he makes us appreciate multiple disciplines; art, science and photography. In addition, his work evokes that sense of curiosity that often lays dormant in us as adults. While looking at his photos, you can’t help but marvel at the scientific laws that govern us and, at the same time, feel as though Charland’s somehow cheated them."

Pictured here are Break Beat with Sparkler and Metronome (top) and Fibonacci’s Pendulumn (bottom), an elegant blending of physics and mathematics in the form of a beautiful Fibonacci Spiral.

"The break beat in Break Beat with Sparkler and Metronome is the result of blocking the lens briefly with my hand as the sparkler burned while pendulating in the metronome. The gaps in the light trails were the moments where my hand was in front of the lens…60 BPMs.”

By the way, all of Caleb’s images are created in-camera, on a flatbed scanner, or in the darkroom. Nothing is created or added digitally. 

Check out Caleb’s website to view more of his awesome images.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

We’ve seen all sorts of wonderful examples of creative people playing with light and long-exposure photography, but there is something extra special about these images. They might look like they were taken yesterday, but they were actually created by artist Eric Staller in New York during the 1970s. Eric used a 35mm Nikon camera, Christmas lights, and 4th of July sparklers to produce these awesome photographs.

"By day, Staller would walk around New York, studying the locations he felt would "articulate the particular choreography or architecture of light" that he wanted to express. At night, he would carefully position his camera on a tripod and, with the lens open for several minutes, he would purposefully move about urban spaces; outlining cars, streets and stairways and even forming magical-looking tunnels brought to life through his imagination."

Eric Staller’s remarkable photos received a great deal of attention and were exhibited worldwide as Light Drawings, 1976-1980. He told My Modern Metropolis, “Even the most technical people in the photography world were mystified about how these photos were made.”

[via My Modern Metropolis]