Illuminated Fruit: Science Experiment as Art

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM

Orange Battery, 2012 (Caleb Charland) Orange Battery, 2012 (Caleb Charland)

Photographer Caleb Charland turns fruit into electrochemical cells.

See a slideshow below.

His series Back to Light is inspired by that old science class experiment: if you stick a galvanized nail in one end of a potato and a copper wire in the other, it will become a battery. Charland generates enough electricity from the fruit to power the lights that illuminate his shots. He uses long exposures to take these photographs, but nothing is added digitally to the images.

"My practice as an artist combines a scientific curiosity with a constructive approach to making pictures," Charland says. "I utilize everyday objects and fundamental forces to illustrate experiences of wonder." You can see more of his work here.

Apple Lamp, 2014 (Caleb Charland)

Apple Lamp, 2014

Apple Tree with Chandelier, Nettie Fox Farm, Newburgh, Maine, 2013 (Caleb Charland)

Apple Tree with Chandelier, Nettie Fox Farm, Newburgh, Maine, 2013

Fruit Battery Still Life (Citrus), 2012 (Caleb Charland)

Fruit Battery Still Life (Citrus), 2012

Fruit Battery Solar System, 2014 (Caleb Charland)

Fruit Battery Solar System, 2014

Potato Power, LaJoie Growers LLC, Van Buren, Maine, 2012 (Caleb Charland)

Potato Power, LaJoie Growers LLC, Van Buren, Maine, 2012

Limes and Lemons, 2013 (Caleb Charland)

Limes and Lemons, 2013

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