Harold Edgerton -- Photo Of The Day

Harold Edgerton -- Photo Of The Day

Today's photo of the day is from none other than Harold Edgerton, the father of the flash. He was an engineer at MIT and created his photographs using cameras and flashes of his own invention. Without him, the compact flash we know and love today, would not exist.

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It is always interesting to me when someone of a science background bridges the gap with art. It shows how close the two really are. This photo captures the 'critical moment' of photography. A lot of Harold Edgerton's photographs deal with capturing motion. From an engineer's perspective I can see the need to view motion broken down into separate parts.

But looking at this from an 'art' perspective I'm always interested in the photographer's desire to capture this. Is it really necessary to see something as swift as motion or action broken down into small, digestible parts? And furthermore, why do people in general have a desire to have things explained and made clear to them?

I love reading too far into photography, and Harold Edgerton and his photos always make me think of the human need to know and understand the world around us. Is it a healthy desire or is it the hubris of humans to feel like we are superior?

There are so many unexplainable things around us every day. Just like the other day, we were talking about the Mandela effect and false memories. Sometimes it might be best to shrug and say, 'This is just how it is."