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Maker(s):Abbott, Berenice
Culture:American (1898-1991)
Title:The Science Pictures: Water Pattern
Date Made:1982
Type:Photograph
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Place Made:United States
Measurements:Mat: 24 in x 30 in; 61 cm x 76.2 cm; Sheet: 15 1/8 in x 19 1/8 in; 38.4 cm x 48.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  INSCRIPTION: recto, lwr. l. (pencil): 31/60; SIGNATURE: recto, lwr. r. (pencil): Berenice Abbott; INSCRIPTION: verso, ctr. (stamp, black ink): BERENICE ABBOTT / THE SCIENCE PICTURES; PARASOL PRESS LTD.1982 / ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Accession Number:  MH 1983.21.9
Credit Line:Gift of Joseph R. and Ruth Lasser (Ruth H. Pollak, class of 1947)
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Description:
Water waves radiating from two points in lower foreground.

Label Text:
Beneath the ripples of water lay many secrets. In this image, Abbott uses vibrations to create energy pulses through water. Tuning the wave frequency and controlling the light source amplifies the interference pattern produced by the overlapping sets of concentric circular waves. The key to the arresting beauty of the oscillating wavelike pattern is the elegance of its simplicity, making the abstract visible to the naked eye.

-Jem Guhit ’19, Society of Physics Students, Mount Holyoke College (Oct. 2017)

Tags:
water; waves; patterns; movement; science

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