There is a burgeoning interest in neuroscience in popular culture. Researchers play an integral part in culture but the public knows very little about how science is done, who actually does it or exactly why it’s important. One consequence of opaque scientific work is the inability to see which individuals are conducting their research, their personal stories, and their motivations to help reveal the complexity of the nature we are imbued by. These images were captured with a compact large format camera using experimental New55 PN instant film. The opaqueness of the positive (left) represents the raw data collected by scientists on their quest to understand nature. The inverted negative (right) represents how scientists reveal nature through filtering data, beautifying imagery, and at times removing unwanted, but captured information. All scientists and equipment are part of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Joshua Sariñana
Dr. Joshua Sariñana (b. 1981) was born in San José, California. He obtained his neuroscience degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles and in a Nobel Prize winning lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Joshua has had a solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts. His work has also been shown at the SoHo Arthouse in New York City, the Mobile Camera Club Gallery in Paris, and Photoville in Brooklyn, New York. Most recently, Joshua was a finalist in the 2016 Fine Arts Photography Awards and Monochrome Awards. He was also an iPhone and Mobile Photography Awards Winner. In addition, his work has been featured on Buzzfeed, The Huffington, and Time Magazine. Apple licensed his work for an iPhone 6 campaign. In addition to image production, Joshua has published several articles on the intersection of photography, neuroscience, and culture. Most recently, he published an article in the photography publication Don’t Take Pictures and in The Smart View magazines . He has also been interviewed by several influential photography blogs as well as Vice Magazine. Joshua currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts.