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Biosketch & Techniques
Science and Engineering Experience
  Robert Cassanova's career in aerospace research has spanned more than four decades while his fascination with photography began as a young teenager.   He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina State, a Master of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee Space Institute and a Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
  Dr. Cassanova was the Director of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC, http://www.niac.usra.edu) in Atlanta, Georgia from February 1998 through August 2007.   The NIAC was focused on the development of revolutionary, advanced systems and architectures in the fields of aeronautics and space.  He is the recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal for exceptional contributions to the Mission of NASA.  Dr. Cassanova expanded on the synergisms of art and science to build a highly acclaimed organization that encourages visionary investigators to explore revolutionary concepts stretching the possibilities of future scientific breakthroughs.   NIAC funded concepts have been feathered in numerous publications in the technical and popular science press as well as TV specials and a live, world-wide broadcast of the MIT Enterprise Forum.   Prior to becoming the Director of NIAC, Dr. Cassanova was Director of the Aerospace and Transportation Laboratory in the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Equipment and Techniques

Cameras:
Film -
    Canham 45DLC with a variety of lenses from 58mm to 500mm
    Hasselblad cameras with lenses from 40mm to 500mm
Digital - Nikon D2sx and D800E

Gitzo tripods

Lowepro backpacks

Really Right Stuff ballhead, quick releases and panoramic devices

Pentax spot meter

Filters:   For B&W films, often uses one or more of the following:
            polarizer, # 15 yellow, # 21 orange, #25 red, #29 red, # 58 green

Film:   primarily Kodak 100Tmax

Film Developer:  Kodak XTOL

Scanner:   Epson V750

Darkroom enlarger:  Beseler 45V-XL with Univeral 45 head
  Zone-6 4x5 with multicontrast head

Inkjet printer:   Epson 3880

Prints:   All silver gelatin prints are on fiber-based, heavy weight,  multigrade paper and archivally processed and toned with selenium for increased D-max and permanence.   All inkjet prints are printed with Epson Ultrachrome K3 ink on museum quality, 100% cotton paper.

Framing: 
Presentation and framing are integral elements in the presentation of art.  All prints are mounted on archival, acid free mat board which is mounted in frames, created by the photographer, from heart pine, walnut, cypress and other woods.

Copyright  Robert Cassanova 2015
Photographic Accomplishments
  Robert Cassanova's experience in science and engineering is the foundation for his life-long passion for photography.   He has creatively integrated the basic principles of science, art religion and culture to achieve a deeper understanding of our fundamental preferences in the visual arts.
  He uses medium and large format film cameras as well as a high resolution digital camera to capture visions of order, symmetry, patterns and the flow of light and form.  Visualization of an image or a scientific concept is often the first step in creative breakthroughs in art and science.   Robert's portfolio includes visual themes of rustic farm life, architecture, growth patterns in plants, places of worship and scenes from the Sierra mountains, coastal areas, the Colorado plateau, France and Italy.  His most recent exhibitions have emphasized the "Visual Rhythms of Art, Science and Religion".  He has given lectures and seminars on "Revolutionary Creativity" and "Connections Between Art, Science and Religion" to universities, technical societies, photographic organizations, private industry, government agencies (DASA, DARPA, DoD, NSF and NRO) and civic associations. 
  Robert is creates black and white images on silver gelatin paper in a conventional, wet chemistry darkroom and scans B&W negatives for manipulation in Photoshop and printing with archival pigmented ink.   He also uses high resolution digital techniques such a focus stacking, high dynamic range and panorama stitching to create exceptionally detailed images of horticultural specimens, architectural interiors and vast landscapes.   Robert's high resolution color and B&W photographic images are displayed in his hand-made, oak, walnut, heart pine and cypress frames.
  Robert's photographs have been exhibited in the venues shown on the page labeled "Exhibitions" on the left side of this page.   Additional exhibitions are scheduled in 2015.