Frozen Moments

photographs by
RAYMOND E. HULSE | Scientist + Photographer


Photographs are frozen moments of time–a record of photons at a given instant. Sometimes the pictures appear dynamic, alive, and vibrant, while, at other times, they appear still. It is simply a fleeting moment captured. A blur moving across the path of the lens or an object framed carefully are ultimately the same to a photograph. -R. E. H.

A Muse

In “A Muse”, a stone arch, amidst snow, has been reassembled by some person. Despite this effort, the stones do not align. They are imperfect.Yet, we understand what this object represents. True to form, although we infer consistency from the shape, a reminder of the importance of being flexible is hidden. A stone cast of a person with an impish smile looks back at us. Perhaps memories are worth living repeatedly?

Pillars of Creation

In “Pillars of Creation”, a series of stones are stacked onto each other. Here, the stones are in a precarious position, yet oddly stable. Along the coast of Cape Ann, many beaches have cairns. Every day, they remain for viewers and those who create them; opportunities to add, subtract or simply leave them to be. Ostensibly an opportunity to participate in creation is found in these cairn fields. Stable, stoic and humble, they lack the flow and movement of the ocean behind yet ask the viewer to stop, maybe participate, or just simply to look at them.
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Raymond E. Hulse
Compelled by natural beauty, and those things that cannot be seen, but are still tied to the order of the universe, Ray is a scientist by training. So, like a lot of monkeys, his compulsion to explore and create is strong. How this manifests is, on a day to day basis, stochastic. Yet, there is always beauty to be found. Understanding how nature makes a flower doesn't necessarily mean the flower's purpose is understood. So, in the 15 minutes of free-time his career permits, exploring the world, photon by photon, helps to develop a sense of connectedness and vulnerability that writing a manuscript for a scientific journal somehow just doesn't capture.