PHYSICIST'S STATEMENT Robert B. Hallock

I find some rather remarkable similarities between what I do as a professor and experimental physicist, where I explore nature near the absolute zero of temperature and teach people< about physics and its relevance to their lives, and what I do as a photographer, where I am interested in landscape, smaller scale details and abstraction. To be successful in these endeavors I have to be inspired and challenged. Inspiration often leads to an idea , e.g., the design of an experiment, a new approach to scientific presentation, or the composition of a photograph.

 

Then, the successful execution of the idea through to a conclusion requires very careful attention to details and true mastery of craft. The result from the research lab is a discovery that advances knowledge. The result from the darkroom is an image that, when carefully observed, moves the viewer to a new awareness. And, the result in teaching or presentation educates and inspires with clarity of expression. Examples of my photography can be found at rbhallock.com and of my physics experience, www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~rbhome/Vitae.htm.