Sep 01, 2009
Back when I was a kid, I was attracted to everything creative & colorful. My neighbor, who wrote books about experiments for kids, showed me a lot of colorful playings. My favorite experiment was closing my eyes and pressing my fingers against them. Most of the times you see a firework of colors in space depending on the light around you, and the amount of pressure you press against the eyes. Alan Jaras Photographs look exactly like those images I use to see on my head.
The interplay and the interaction of light on materials and surfaces has long been a fascination for me. As a research scientist and microscopist I used many optical and lighting techniques to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of materials. I am now exploring the world of caustics - those magical patterns that are formed when a beam of light travels through transparent textured materials. Using traditional photographic techniques and pieces of complex shaped glass and plastics I project these patterns directly on to colour film. The resulting images and photographs that you see are purely analogue and are not computer generated, but a true representation of the patterns formed by the light beam after its complex journey through the refractive objects I create. I have always sought to find a bridge between art and science; with these "Refractographs" I now feel I have achieved my goal.