A few years ago, photographer Caleb Charland charmed the world with his groundbreaking idea of creating electricity from apple trees. The science-obsessed artist is back again with another novel project: using fruit batteries to illuminate his photography.
For his series Back to Light, Charland inserted nails and copper wire into fruits like apples, limes and grapefruit. He then connected the fruit to small lightbulbs. This allowed the fruit batteries to emit light, which he then used to illuminate long-exposure photographs.
Essentially, the fruit provided a flash for its own portrait. The result is nothing short of stunning. Here's how Charland described his project:
"My current body of work, Back to Light, expands upon a classic grade school science project, the potato battery. By inserting a galvanized nail into one side of a potato and a copper wire in the other side a small electrical current is generated. The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating for me. Many people have had the experience of drawing power from fruit in the classroom, and it never ceases to bring a smile to the face or a thought to the mind. This work speaks to a common curiosity we all have for how the world works as well as a global concern for the future of earth’s energy sources."
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