Movement: The inventor of the electronic flash

One area of the Columbus Museum of Art was dedicated to movement.  All things shown there represented movement from mobiles that you the visitor could create to photos and art about movement. This is a photo of Harold Edgerton (American 1903- 1990) taken at MIT in 1962.  And who was Harold “Doc” Edgerton?  He was an inventor, explorer, entrepreneur and beloved professor at MIT who invented the electronic flash.

He pioneered the electronic stroboscope, or strobe light, the flash mechanism that revolutionized high speed and stop motion photography in 1931.  This allowed us to see stages of motion at levels of detail previously never seen before.

I had initially walked past these photos when DH pulled me back and told me that he had met the man.  It was during his new student tour at MIT that this man popped out of nowhere, grabbed a few of them saying ‘You must see this!” took them into his lab, showed them some strobe lighting then returned them to the tour with a goodbye and was gone.

As he never introduced himself to any of the students they were left a bit confused until the tour guide replied “Oh that’s just Doc Edgerton, he always does that.” At the time he was professor emeritus and pretty much just did what he wanted to.

As a photographer I thank you, Doc.

Teri  📷

Bullet Through Banana 1964

Cutting the Card Quickly 1964

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Imperial Dragon Robe

One section of the museum was a hands on area dedicated to artists of any age allowing them to create some wearable art.  In there was this beautiful blue silk embroidered with gold thread semi-formal court robe.  The artist is unknown and it is from the early 18th century.  It definitely communicates status and power.

Teri  📷



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Oil on Canvas and Oil and Collage on Canvas – Columbus Museum of Art

U.S. Musical Notes – About 1940 – 1944, Otis Kaye, American born in Germany, 1885-1974


Mr. X – 1968, Benny Andrews, American, 1930-2006.



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You never know who you are going to meet

We had gone to the car show downtown (will be sharing that with you later) and while taking a photo of one vehicle outside of the main area I heard this voice say “Hey! take my photo too!”  It was this chipper gentleman smiling and playfully posing for me; we both just laughed and walked away.

As fate would have it, while in line to get our entry tickets I ended up standing next to him.  We struck up a conversation and I was taken by his winning smile and happy nature.  I noticed what he was wearing and mentioned that my brother served over there too.  He told me he did tours in ’67, ’68 and ’69.

I almost walked away to get in a shorter line for my ticket but turned and asked about taking his picture then.  He posed and that was the last I saw of him.   Unlike the many other times when I’ve taken someones picture while doing street photography, this chance encounter touched me.  Maybe it was because seeing him made me think about and miss my brother; I have no idea but there was just something in his face.


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Let there be light!

When visiting any place be it a museum, some other building or even something out in nature like a field, it is important to look in all directions because not only may you see something different but it can also make for some great photography.

In this case I first saw these chandeliers as we were walking down the steps to the lower level.  I knew I had to stop and take a photo which got a bit twisted as I almost found myself lying on the floor at the bottom of the steps where other people were walking.

I’m not sure if it was my wiggling a bit or if perhaps it was the shape of the ceiling but in post production I just could not get the lights to hang down straight.  If I tried to make them straight then the patterns of the ceiling would look skewed and vice versa.  Maybe it was just the angle I was taking the photo from since I wasn’t directly underneath; who knows!  But no matter,  it is quite an ornate chandelier and ceiling.  Why are so many museum ceilings like that?

Which image appeals more to you – color or black and white? I’d like to hear your opinion.

Teri  📷


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Sunflower by Christopher Ries

This magnificent and very large (weighs in at 1100 pounds) piece of art is a gilded optic lead crystal sculpture from one block of carved and ground glass with solid gold leaf.  It took the artist one year to make.  The artist grew up on a central Ohio farm and has a studio in Columbus, Ohio.

How I would love to have a tiny version of this or at least visit his studio.  For more information about Christopher Ries visit his website here.

Teri  📷

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Cubism is an early-20th-century art movement which brought European painting and sculpture historically forward toward 20th century Modern art.  The movement was pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, joined by Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Fernand Léger and Juan Gris.  One primary influence that led to Cubism was the representation of three-dimensional form in the late works of Paul Cézanne.  Wikipedia

Even before I saw the title of the exhibit room I knew what was in there.  All of my art education classes from high school and college rushed back to me and I knew it was Cubisim.  This art movement was never one of my favorites as I considered it a bit too abstract for me (for example many of Picasso’s works) but this one attracted me because of how the shapes and the colors worked so well together.

The artist is Stanton Macdonald – Wright; American artist who lived from 1890-1978.  This oil on canvas piece is titled California Landscape and is presumed to have been painted about 1919.

Teri  📷

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