from Edgerton Dye Transfer Portfolio
Edgerton’s photograph made time stand still. He froze this image of a bullet ripping through an apple with a stroboscope, an instrument that uses bursts of flashing light to make moving objects appear stationary. The resulting image is aesthetically striking and scientifically significant, for making high-speed phenomena visible to the human eye in a way that shows “time itself to be chopped up into small bits and frozen so that it suits our needs and wishes.” Edgerton began experimenting with a stroboscope while teaching electrical engineering at MIT, and ushered in a new era of high-speed photography with his own stroboscopic camera design. He was also integral in the development of sonar, and photographed nuclear tests for research purposes in the 1950s and ’60s.
speed; fruit; aggressiveness; destruction; geometry; beauty; symmetry; movement
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