Tom Flynn: Stress Birefringence

Birefringence is caused when light passes through a material with molecules of no uniformity. When the material, in this case clingfilm, is stressed or layered the ray’s speed is altered, polarisation then causes a variety of colours to occur. By magnifying and capturing the results of this process the work looks into the
phenomenon with a pseudo-scientific methodology; its objectivity being interrupted by the awe of the scientific.

By working predominantly with camera-less photography, as well as projection and light installation, Flynn aims to make contact with the intangibility of light; its properties and phenomena.

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All images © Tom Flynn, 2012 |

— Isobel