From the Compost by Denis Roussel
Roussel on his work:
I have spent most of my life studying the sciences and earned a degree in chemistry and environmental science in France. When I moved to the United States, I decided to return to school and study art and, more specifically, photography.
I have always been under the impression that art and science were in various ways very similar. In the past they were not seen as completely separated enterprises. In earlier civilizations the artist and the scientist were often the same person. Art and science were seen as two complimentary sources for comprehension and knowledge. I think that their ultimate goals are still the same: to gain a better understanding of the world we live in and who we are. I also see both art and science as languages that allow us to explore and communicate ideas.
Photography is arguably the most suitable medium to build a bridge between art and science. It was born out of the marriage of artistic inquiry and scientific innovation. The two men credited for fathering photography illustrate the bi-disciplinary aspect of the medium. Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre was an artist, famous for his enormous diaroma paintings, whereas William Henry Fox Talbot was a scientist, elected to the Royal Society in 1832.