Come join us for our monthly Astronomy talk!
7:30pm to 8pm: Social time, come and mingle. We will have snacks and beverages.
Talk begins at 8pm.
Topic: MOUNTAINS I HAVE KNOWN
Speaker: Laurie Hatch
A Photographic Journey Through Art, Astronomy, and Place
Laurie Hatch will take you on an insider's photo tour of Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton and W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea. You'll also visit the Eastern Sierra's Alabama Hills, and nearby Mount Whitney where early Lick Observatory astronomers made definitive studies of the Martian atmosphere. The talk includes behind-the-scenes material and references which will interest astronomy buffs and photographers alike.
After studying music and art in college, Laurie pursued dual careers playing electric fretless bass in jazz ensembles and creating fine art ceramics. She transitioned to photography in the early 1990’s after moving to the University of California’s Lick Observatory, where she lived for 17 years. The people, domes and telescopes, as well as expansive 360º views of Silicon Valley, San Francisco Bay, and the Western Sierra Nevada inspired and motivated her to apply her background in art to record this uncommon place. By invitation of University of California Observatories in 2007, Laurie made two expeditions to Maunakea to photograph Keck Observatory. At present, Laurie and her husband Rem Stone (UC Research Astronomer, retired) enjoy exploring both the Western and Eastern Sierra. Laurie continues to photograph Lick Observatory (she says it will always feel like “home”!), as well as the Alabama Hills and Mount Whitney, where stark, monumental scenery and brilliant night skies ignite her photographic passion.
Global science communities and publishers use Laurie’s photographs to educate and inform students, astronomers and other scientists, and the general public. Her work appears in textbooks, picture books, magazines, institutional and museum displays, documentaries, websites and online courses, as well as being featured in several art exhibitions.