FROM THE MICROSCOPIC TO THE ASTRONOMIC, AN EXPLORATION OF THE SPACE BETWEEN

Finding Higgs Boson - Where My Plant Pot Was (June 2009)

This photograph shows the marks left behind after moving a plant pot. The image describes the effects of gravity; the circle created by the weight of the pot, the spinning motion that created the pot, and the random dispersion of particles as they hit the ground. Visually this image could be seen as sub-atomic particles orbiting a nucleus, or at the other end of the scale, a planetary system caught in space.

As a successful graduate of Edinburgh's Napier University, and in an effort to inspire current graduates, Michael was invited to show his work as part of the 2012 BA Photographic Studies degree show. This image, along with three others that Michael cites as being significant in the development of his commercial and creative direction were selected for the exhibition. Robin Gillanders, Reader in Photography at Napier University, commented:

"the very mundane action of moving a plant pot has been related to the complex theorem of 'Higgs Boson'. The addition of the title lifts the picture conceptually from simply a formal composition to another level altogether. It is a photograph of marks left behind after moving a plant pot, but it is about the action of gravity".


Read Michael's PRESS RELEASE relating to this discovery...

16th December 2012
"On a recent journey through time and space (aka a bike ride) I stopped at the cafe in the Jodrell Bank Observatory for a bacon butty, and I came across these remarkable images of a planetary system caught in space."

Studio Bin I: After Sharpening a Pencil
Studio Bin II: Exploration of the space and content of a bin and various magnetic and metaphysical attractions (including my favourite lunchtime snacks and great unfinished DIY projects)

The spinning motion of bike wheels that stabilise and propel a cyclist around the velodrome are gravity defying moments.

LOOKING SOUTH FROM LIZARD POINT

"Guided by the concept that a photograph is a map, or chart of time and light, I have embarked on a series of photographic expeditions around the British coastline - most notably to the extreme northerly, southerly, westerly and easterly points. Directing my camera along the cardinal axis at each destination, a series of exposures were made capturing and recording the atmosphere of the sea. To add further symmetry and cohesion to the project, the exposures were made at specific moments in the astronomical calendar, that is to say the summer and winter solstices, and the spring and autumn equinoxes.

The resulting set of images create a space for contemplation and reflection, and provide a portal for a visceral connection to nature and the universe as a whole."

The image shown here depicts a ship passing Lizard Point (the most southerly point of mainland UK) on the winter solstice.

From the series 'Cardinal Points'  Click here to view more images from this collection.

Click here to view more images - 'Down to Earth'


Using Format