Alan Jaras is research scientist and microscopist who decided to use his profession as a way to create stunning images to share with the world. His fascination in the interplay and interaction of light on materials and surfaces is what drives him and serves as the purpose of his photography. He is now exploring the world of caustics – those magical patterns that are formed when a beam of light travels through transparent textured materials.
Using traditional photographic techniques and pieces of complex shaped glass and plastics Jaras projects these patterns directly on to colour film. The resulting images and photographs that you see are purely analogue and are not computer generated, but a true representation of the patterns formed by the light beam after its complex journey through the refractive objects he creates.
As Jaras says in his own words,
“I have always sought to find a bridge between art and science; with these “Refractographs” I now feel I have achieved my goal.”
To see more of these stunning images visit his Flickr site here.