I'm working on a book project titled, “Imaging the Universe in Victorian Astrophotography and Literature.” By analyzing the development of astrophotography alongside British poetry and prose that ranges from Anna Laetitia Barbauld to Thomas Hardy, my book argues that imaginative forms of looking were necessary to visualize otherwise invisible, unobservable celestial light, both in literary narratives and on photographic plates. Moreover, I demonstrate that poetry and prose offered strategies for interpreting and communicating celestial data to nineteenth-century British readers.
Seeing family, friends, colleagues, and students.
I think I'd like to be a comet. I'd get to fly through the universe, see incredible sights, and then, ideally, orbit back into our solar system.
A photo of Anne along with other contributors to a 2016 exhibit called Focus on the Universe: Astrophotographers of Southern California. Anne is an amateur astrophotographer and one of her Milky Way photos was included in the exhibit!