Assignment 3,  Coursework 3,  Learning Log,  Research

Harold Edgerton

I was drawn to Edgerton’s images due to the scientific nature of his work. While his infamous Milk Drop Coronet and other Milk Drop images are instantly recognizable, I also love images such as ‘Bullet Through Balloons’, ‘This Is Coffee’ and ‘Fanning The Cards’ (all seen below) as great examples of freezing a moment in time.

In these later three in particular, you really feel like the motion has completely stopped; you can envision what likely happened moments before, and moments later, but right now we’re on the cusp of the completion of that action, but stuck right where we are with the conclusion never to come.

I also find his multi frame images fascinating. In these it’s almost the opposite of the above; we can see the entire action at once, but at the same time this moment too is frozen. These stroboscopic images are beautiful and portray short actions that happen so quickly, that without such images we wouldn’t be able to stop and appreciate the motion. I would like to possibly revisit this technique for my assignment.

Harold Eugene Edgerton.
Fanning the cards, 1940
Harold Eugene Edgerton. This is Coffee. 1933
Bullet through three balloons.
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Bobby Jones with a Driver. 1938

References

Dowling, S. (s.d.) ‘Harold Edgerton: The man who froze time’ In: BBC At: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140722-the-man-who-froze-the-world (Accessed 21/03/2021).
Harold Edgerton (s.d.) At: https://whitney.org/collection/works/10816 (Accessed 21/03/2021).
Harold Eugene Edgerton (s.d.) At: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/harold-eugene-edgerton-fanning-the-cards (Accessed 21/03/2021).
Harold Eugene Edgerton. This is Coffee. 1933 (s.d.) At: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/49821 (Accessed 21/03/2021).
High Speed Camera « Harold ‘Doc’ Edgerton (s.d.) At: http://edgerton-digital-collections.org/techniques/high-speed-photography (Accessed 21/03/2021).
Harold Eugene Edgerton. Bobby Jones with a Driver. 1938 (s.d.) At: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/49771?artist_id=1681&page=1&sov_referrer=artist (Accessed 23/03/2021).

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