Science meets a very basic human need: wanting to know how something works and finding explanations why it works. However, the truth can only be found approximately. A scientific theory has a limited lifespan, namely until we find a better theory. So the current ‘truth’ is nothing but a theory with a limited expiration date.
The ancient Greeks were convinced that the earth was flat because they perceived it that way. Pythagoras and Aristotle provided scientific evidence that the earth was round and came to a new truth. The world as we perceive it still looked the same after this discovery, but the theory underlying the perceived world had changed significantly.
For decades, scientists have been devoted to search for the truth behind complex issues such as the expanding universe or the existence of elementary particles. Scientific research into these issues produces theories, not truths. With that idea in mind, science gets a different face. Not as a searchers for the truth, but as a searchers for the best way to approach reality.
With the photography project “To be continued” I want to visualize this endless search. Shadows with their limited shelf life and ever-changing appearance symbolize the ever-evolving scientific theories that lie behind our observable world. These “umbragraphs” combine the observable world and the scientific world. Through collaboration with visual artist Willemien van Gurp, current scientific theories have been given a new truth.
Reality is merely an illusion – Einstein
To be continued