dennismichael

 
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I am an amateur photographer, and graduate student studying materials science at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA. In my photography I am primarily interested in light, shape and color being the subject of the photograph, rather than any physical objects in the shot.

Some of my influences include Otto Steinert, Harold E. Edgarton, Laszlo Moloy-Nagy, Karl Hugo Schmoltz, Andre Kertesz, Florence Henri, Paul Strand...

My main influences are actually cinematographers rather than photographers and include Raoul Coutard (cinematographer for director Jean-Luc Godard), Sven Nykvist (cinematographer for director Ingmar Bergman), and Christopher Doyle (cinematographer for director Wong Kar Wai).

I am also interested in micrography, which is taking images with scientific microscopes for purely artistic purposes. A number of the images on this webpage were taken with electron microscopes. These microscopes bombard a sample with electrons and then collect them to form an image, as opposed to a traditional camera which collects the light coming from a subject. Traditional photography and optical imaging are limited in their resolution by the wavelength of light (~400 - 800 nanometers), but an electron microcope can resolve features much smaller because the wavelength of an electron is much shorter than light (<1 Angstrom). I believe this can be is a very interesting and unique art form not only because the imaging process is fundamentally different from traditional photography, but also because the SEM can image objects which are far beyond the resolution of a traditional camera and otherwise could not be captured.
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Various analog and digital cameras, scanning electron microscopes (SEM), transmission electron microscopes (TEM).

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