The Philosophical Implications of Quantum Mechanics

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot themselves be regarded as real.

In the quantum world, things don’t like to be tied down to a single location, or to follow just one path. It’s almost as if things were in more than one place at a time. They could be anywhere, until you look for them. The simple act of observation makes the particles relinquish all probabilities and take a position. Things are fuzzy and uncertain until you stop and observe.

One of the most mind-blowing theories in quantum mechanics is entanglement. Two particles can become entangled if they’re close together and their properties become linked. Even if you separate those particles, sending them in different directions, they will remain entangled, inextricably connected. Scientist still haven’t been able to explain what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance”.

These laws become most obvious when you get down to tiny scale, but as we are all made of atoms and particles, these laws apply to us as well.

Learning about quantum mechanics – and Eastern philosophies, but that’s for another time – has given me a new perspective on what surrounds us and I find myself observing things in a different way, wondering about all the things the eye can’t see and the mind struggles to comprehend. The images from this series are an attempt to represent this newly acquired state of mind.