Who is this Laurie Hatch person, anyway?

 

Awaiting further input from me,

my beloved stepson and intrepid webmaster writes:

Laurie Hatch has been Laurie Hatch longer than anyone else in the business.

Her parents remember fondly that she has wanted to be herself since early childhood.

Her entire career has been fully focused on realizing this dream,

and those in the know feel strongly that she has entirely succeeded.

IN DEPTH:

Laurie Hatch was born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho in 1952. She studied fine art, ceramics, and music at Eastern Washington University and Fort Wright College in Spokane during the 1970's. She was involved in founding The Spokane Studio School, and subsequently continued art studies at the University of Washington. Her wheel thrown miniature Limoges porcelain vessels and objet d'art dating from that period are found in numerous private and public collections throughout the United States and abroad. Pursuing dual careers during the 70's and 80's, she also performed with various jazz and contemporary music ensembles throughout the greater Seattle and Puget Sound region, playing electric fretless five string bass and other instruments.

Hatch shifted her focus in art from ceramics to photography in the early 1990's after moving to the University of California's Lick Observatory. This astronomical research station is located on the summit of Mt. Hamilton, which overlooks Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay. There she began to apply her background in art to the documentation of terrestrial astronomical subjects and landscapes. In 2007, she photographed W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea, Island of Hawai'i, by invitation of University of California Observatories. Although Hatch left Mt. Hamilton in 2010, she continues to photograph Lick Observatory, and is presently exploring California's Eastern Sierra and Mt. Whitney with her camera.

"Even the habitually frivolous become thoughtful when they enter the presence of the Great Telescope."

                               Lick Observatory Astronomer James Edward Keeler in The Engineer, 1888 July 6

 

ARTIST'S PERSONAL STATEMENT: Eggs and Drapery

"I first arrived at Lick Observatory in the spring of 1993 to join my astronomer beau. Mount Hamilton would become my home and photographic subject for the next 18 years. I had a small telescope as a child and had taken an astronomy class in college while studying music and art, but had never visited a world class Observatory. The rounded telescope domes were different sizes, a mix of silver and white, and constructed in clean architectural styles and materials that spanned a century. They were clustered on the summit like eggs in a rocky nest. The first exercise in my 1970’s college beginning drawing class immediately came to mind. Near a softly lit window, our instructor had placed a handful of hen’s eggs in the folds of a cotton drape, white on white. Easy, I thought, with freshman naiveté. But I struggled to translate the seemingly simple, yet agonizingly complex shapes and sublte shadows onto a flat sheet of paper. We worked on the deceptive still life study for a week, barely long enough to comprehend the real lesson: this was a life’s work. Decades later, the task continues through the lens of a camera with every frame, independent of location and subject. The fundamental question is ever present: How does one communicate the essence of ‘eggs and drapery’— capturing light and shadow on sensuous forms and shapes, deciding how best to authentically transmit the experience of being here in this place, in this moment?" 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

These Observatory and night sky photographs are widely used by the global astronomy community in educating students and young scientists. The images are located in private and public collections, and are reproduced world-wide in programs, publications, and displays:

INSTITUTIONAL DISPLAYS

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Hancock Historical Museum, Findlay Ohio
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Keck Center at the National Academies
Maryland Science Center, Baltimore
Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
University of California Campuses

VIDEO PRESENTATIONS, COURSES, DOCUMENTARIES, AND PROGRAMS

Discovery Channel
History Channel
KQED-PBS Quest
PBS-Nova
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Space Telescope Science Institute's ViewSpace
Teaching Company's The Great Courses
WGBH-PBS

PUBLICATIONS AND PERIODICALS (print and online)

AAA Via Magazine
Academia
Astronomy Magazine
Astronomy Now Online
Bild Der Wissenschaft
Focus Magazine
Le Scienze
Metro Bay Area
NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day
National Geographic
Nature
Nature UK
Optics & Photonics News
Physics Today
Radcliffe Quarterly
Science Journal AAAS
Scientific American
Sky and Telescope
Smithsonian Air & Space
Smithsonian Magazine
Space.com
Stardate Magazine
Sunset Magazine
The Engineer
Time Magazine
Universe Today
Wired

ASTRONOMY, ASTROPHYSICS, and SCIENCE PUBLISHERS

Australian Council for Educational Research
Bonnier
CRC Press
Dorling Kindersley
Freeman/Worth
Harcourt
McGraw Hill
Norton
Oxford University Press
Pearson
Rokus Klett Publishing
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Springer
Sterling
Taylor & Francis
Tessloff
Trinity
University of California Publications
World Book
World Science

SELECTED WEBSITES AND BLOGS

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day
Chabot Space & Science Center
EarthSky
Gizmodo
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
io9
Lick Observatory
Physics.org
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Smithsonian Off The Road
SPIE_International Society for Optics and Photonics
University of California
University of California Observatories
W. M. Keck Observatory
Yale Exoplanets

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