“Frontiers are interesting places. They offer experience outside of the norm where the answers are not found in the back of the book. You have to figure things out for yourself,” said Pettit, whose fascination with photography began in middle school.
“Space is such a frontier and documenting that experience with photography presents not only a fascinating arena but challenges to the Earth-centric mind. Do you compose and shoot using Earth-standard expectations, thus making photographs pleasing to planetary dwellers? Or do you compose showing how life really is conducted there? Such is the photographer’s dilemma.”
Pettit will remain on campus April 14 and visit with students, faculty and staff in the College of Science, the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Part of the visit includes meeting with student researchers who will examine ways to reduce damage to photos caused by cosmic rays in space.
RIT alumnus Peter A. Blacksberg ’75 (photography) was instrumental in arranging Pettit’s visit.
To learn more of Pettit’s photographic work and time-lapse movies, go tohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwt3kMivZk4.
The event is sponsored by the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the College of Science, the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and University News Services.