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New Eyes

I enjoy seeing how other people interpret an environment I live in just about every day. Some of the things that you completely take for granted are seen with new eyes by someone unfamiliar with your environment and in the case of our most recent photowalk, many folks that turned out for the event were new to science or vision science giving them a unique photographic perspective of this place.

Looking through the images that folks have been posting on the PhotowalkUtah Flickr group, it’s amazing to look through someone else’s eyes. As you can see from the number of photographs there, about 50 people showed up to take pictures in a laboratory environment, see some interesting architecture and listen to a presentation by Ann on Blending, Fixing and Remixing in Photoshop.

We started at 9:00 am and shot for two hours until Ann’s presentation at 11:00am. After that Rich dropped by with a couple of models, some lights and shot some stock photos in our lab for another couple of hours. This is his photo of me with the models in the lab just before we wrapped.


Jeremy showed up with his video camera and tells us that he will again put together a video like he did last time, making himself truly a significant contributor and integral to the group. We also had plenty of new faces, those both new to photography as well as people who derive their income from photography (professionals), but the focus of this photowalking group will always be a non-threatening, non-competitive environment where all are welcome.

I look forward to the next Photowalk which will be announced on the Flickr group website and while I did not get many photos off of this last walk, here are those that were taken from me at least.


This skull sits in my office as a reminder of the many, many hours spent with it and other bones, books and cadavers in gross anatomy.


This is the space where many of our experiments start their process through to data in our lab.


Looking into the viewing chamber of our JEOL JEM-1400 microscope. We use this microscope any time we have to visualize things that are smaller than the wavelength of light (~250nm).


Our JEOL JEM-1400 in the room with the lights off.

Some sample data from the same microscope that we are going to have to process further.


Harley and Rich in the lab afterwards shooting some stock photos.

Harley, happy with the light.


Mike in my office.


So, the story with these lights is that I have this workbench filled with computers in my office and it had all of these monitor cables, USB cables, Firewire cables, power cables etc…etc…etc… hanging off the back and I felt it needed something… Lights…, yeah, that’s the ticket. So on a trip down to IKEA, I picked up some LED christmas lights that were on sale and draped them over the back. Problem solved.

Peter is one of the star graduate students at the Moran Eye Center who happened to be working on a Saturday when this crowd of people with cameras swept in. On top of that, he’s a good guy who appreciates fine cuisine.


This is Scott Myler who was shooting with his flash off camera making some of the coolest photos of the photowalk.


See you all next photowalk.


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