Photographing Quantum Physicists’ Chalkboards
There is something really beautiful about Alejandro Guijarro’s ongoing Momentum series. It is not big and bold and in your face, it’s quite simple and surreal.
At first the photographs present themselves to be mundane classroom blackboards with scribbles across the surface, resembling notes left behind from a previous class. The difference is that these chalkboards house the notes to some of the biggest brains in quantum physics from around the globe.
Guijarro had spent time creating this body of work at many distinguished institutions including Stanford & Berkeley here in the United States, Cambridge & Oxford in England and CERN in Switzerland.
Being unable to calculate and process the information on the chalkboards detaches the viewer and turns the writing into forms rather than presenting information. The chalkboards are less about content and more about visually capturing the scientific ideas that have happened in the space.