Council for the Arts at MIT Grant - A Progress Report

I will be using the large format New55 PN black and white instant film along with the new Travelwide 4×5 camera

I will be using the large format New55 PN black and white instant film along with the new Travelwide 4×5 camera

Last May I applied to the Council for the Arts Grant at MIT and was awarded for my project called Representation of Hidden Communication. Infinite thanks to the CAMIT awarding committee! Here's my introduction paragraph to the grant project:

Trillions of neurons must connect in just the right way for the brain to properly function. At its fundamental level, the brain has evolved to communicate. Humans have created sophisticated tools that enhance information sharing, such as through music, visual imagery, and social media. Although there are numerous ways to communicate information, and a burgeoning interest in neuroscience in popular culture, mass media distills the scientific process to the end result (for example, findings from a publication in a scientific journal). Little to no attention is given to neuroscience researchers, who could bring life to the scientific process and merit cultural representation.

With the above in mind I've created a photography project that aims to teach the general public about neuroscience research, the lives/motivations of researchers, and the tools used to conduct research. I have been documenting my process and will soon start sharing said progress on Instagram and my Facebook Group Page. I hope you'll follow along with me where I'll show you my process, pitfalls, successes, and eventually an entire series of images!

This blog post is part of my Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) Grant, which I was awarded in May of 2016. As part of this project I am documenting my documentation of neuroscience research, the people that conduct said research, and the spaces where research takes place using New55 PN large format instant film.