Thursday, February 12, 2009


It's not always easy to make a good photograph of an opaque object. These pictures of clear glass laboratory devices must have required special talent in lighting. I bought them in appreciation of the beauty of the photos themselves, but found that the back story was just as impressive.

All of them are part of a bound notebook which served as a glass blower's application for promotion. He worked for a major American industrial lab. This artisan, after 26 years of work experience as a Laboratory Mechanic making these objects, applied to be promoted to Technician. These extremely specialized devices are his one-of-a-kind creations made to the specifications of scientists. His incredible skill in realizing the devices needed for their experiments is astonishing. I'm guessing that he got the promotion he wanted. The photographer is not credited.

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