North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences "Astronomy Days" January 2017
Durham Arts Council, Durham Arts Camp "Astrophotography without a space program: Imaging deep space from eastern North Carolina." August 2016
Greenville Museum of Art, Invited talk Photography interest group, August 2016
Raleigh Astronomy Club, Imaging workshop April 2016 invited speaker, "LRGB workflow using Pixinsight"
East Carolina University, Research & Creative Achievements Week invited talk "Art+Science=Wonder"
East Carolina University, Fine Arts & Communication, Invited lecture, Art 3270 Color Photography
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences "Astronomy Days" January 2016
GO Science, Science Cafe "Astrophotography without a space program: Imaging deep space from eastern North Carolina."
East Carolina University Faculty convocation Fall 2015: "Astrophotography from My Backyard"
North Carolina Science Festival, Statewide Star Party 2015: A Time for Science Nature and Science Learning Center
Barnes & Noble, Mini-Maker Faire, November 2015
Numerous Outreach events
"Wonders of Space & Time" Durham Arts Council Allenton Gallery, > 30 selected works, Sept 23rd-Nov 6th 2016
"Astrophotography: Capturing Photons in North Carolina" Louisburg College Traveling Arts Series, >30 selected works Oct 13th-Nov 23rd 2016
"Wonders of Space & Time" Emerge: Harvey Wooten Gallery, >20 selected works, January 2016
Invited Presentations & Awards
My name is Tim Christensen. I am a Molecular Geneticist and a professor at East Carolina University. I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Utah and my PhD in Genetics and Development at Cornell University. My avocations are numerous: entomology, genealogy, woodworking and astronomy. Sharing my sense of wonder through my teaching, research and art brings me joy. I can be found in many places: helping kids with science fair projects, teaching biology to college students, looking for insects with children, helping to build robots with teens, spending time with my family, and wondering at the universe.
As an artist, I've been heavily influenced by my scientific training. To a scientist, images are "data." Standing in both art and science worlds, I attempt to convey the art of the data. I recognize that even a "scientific image" is produced and interpreted by a person who brings their sensibilities to the image. In capturing light from our galaxy and beyond, I stay true to the data while emphasizing the aspects of the image that inspire observers to think about the scale and beauty of our universe.
Each of my works begins with careful planning. As the earth moves around the sun, different objects in the night sky become visible. Dodging the moon and clouds, I collect hours’ worth of exposures using separate color filters. I carefully select a subset of these exposures and “stack” those using software and algorithms to increase the signal in the images. An infinite series of different pictures is possible from each data set. Finding a path to my final images is a complex choreography of math, my sensibilities as an artist/scientist, and the subtleties of the subject.