Monthly Topic is "The Intersection of Art and Science, and What the Photographer can learn from Leonardo"
Physicist-artist-author, Bulent Atalay, presents science through art, and art through science, and approaches the larger goal of achieving a synthesis of the two fields. He invokes the model of Leonardo, part-time artist, passionate scientist, consummate inventor. The qualities of timelessness and universality in Leonardo's miraculous works speak eloquently for themselves. With Leonardo's model providing the unifying thread, however, it becomes possible, first, to glimpse Leonardo's restless intellect, that extraordinary psyche; second, to see whence the ideas for his works of art came; and third, to appreciate his art at a different level. The highlight of Atalay’s talk, however, will be what the modern photographer can learn from this genius who lived 500 years ago.
Bulent Atalay, was born in Ankara, Turkey, and received his early education at Eton (UK) and St. Andrew's School (Delaware), site of the 1989 Robin Williams film, "Dead Poets Society.” His professional training — BS, MS, MA and PhD degrees and post-doctoral work in theoretical physics — took place at Georgetown, UC-Berkeley, Princeton and Oxford. For four decades he was a professor of physics at the University of Mary Washington, an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Dr. Atalay lectures around the world on art, archaeology, astrophysics, and atomic physics. He is the author of two successful book on Leonardo: "Math and the Mona Lisa (Smithsonian Books, 2004) now in 14 languages; and "Leonardo's Universe" (National Geographic Books, 2009) a coffee table book in two languages, and declared one of "Ten must-have books for the year" by the Britannica. His website can be visited at www.bulentatalay.com
Available for purchase and signing after Dr. Atalay’s presentation are Math and the Mona Lisa ($20), and Leonardo's Universe ($28).
These are 20% off cover price. Dr. Atalay can only accept checks or cash.
We hope that our speakers expand or refresh your knowledge of photography. It's not the destination but the journey that challenges the mind and soul.
Monthly Critique: You can submit a photograph from a recent meetup, related to the monthly meeting topic or any other photograph you want critiqued. Limit: one submission per member. (You can bring a couple more, in case we have more time to view photographs)
PS: everyone is encouraged to share a photograph. Please bring it on a flash drive to the meeting. It is by sharing our work and getting constructive criticism that we grow as photographers... :)
See you there...
The leadership team.