Plant Pathology is defined as the study of the organisms and environmental conditions that cause disease in plants, the mechanisms by which this occurs, the interactions between these causal agents and the plant (effects on plant growth, yield and quality), and the methods of managing or controlling plant disease. It also interfaces knowledge from other scientific fields such as mycology, microbiology, virology, biochemistry, bio-informatics.
Experimenting with exposure
So a week since I started to experiment and imagery is starting to form.. I am enjoying experimenting so much and look forward to more creations.. thus far, I am pleased with these images
The petri dishes have arrived and around 6 have been set up, which I hope, in the future to share but as yet, are a guarded secret, like a precious jewel locked away in it's box.. left for time and reactions to work magic. There are huge connections between science and photographic processes which interests me extremely and indeed, inspires me greatly.
My sketch notes and experimentation with petri dishes got me thinking about both exposure in the 'light' sense and 'pathological' sense, hence the path of experimentation leading to dig out my old light sensitive photographic paper to experiment but, without the use of heavy and nasty photographic developing chemicals. Revisiting my earlier days of alternative processes of photography, in a sense, photography's essence of earlier scientific discovery and simplicity, inspired by the likes of Fox Talbot and Man Ray with the juxtaposition of the digital age
After a very productive meeting last week with the very helpful and down to earth Professor of Biosciences Matt Dickinson
I look forward to receive some scientific petri dishes later this week. Matt's research looks into diseases of certain plant species including leaf legged hoppers who thrive on phytoplasms which in turn is a vicious cycle of host and replication, ie the flowering leaves of plants such as the Ponsietta, coconut and other plants, turning green rather than flowering
My initial worry from an environmental point of view is a lack of flowering means no pollination and thus, issues with seeds which got me very interested with climate change and the bee problem and a whole range of other issues re. food production for different countries around the world..
As I write these thoughts, listening to hugely inspirational music from the Cinematic Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2rIm_Td2Mkwww.youtube.com/watch?v=r2rIm_Td2Mk my first port of experimentation for my photography images and the creative reactions event, involves petri dishes which, although my experimentation is not directly related to the above research, it is for me, a starting point - looking at certain bacteria and microbes but many ideas are floating, entering, re-entering my head for further experimentation. I love collaborative working like this and although I'm not very scientifically minded, I am hugely interested in using science as a conduit to focus my photography experimentation and imagery on environmental issues.