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Magic in the Air

U of T engineering alum’s lifelong fascination with bubbles


Photo of two figures in shadow, one holding up a large bubble maker with bubbles blowing through, by Lake Geneva

Photo: Russell Sutherland, August 2015

U of T network engineer and grad Russell Sutherland dodged running children to grab this shot of a man blowing bubbles by the Jetée des Eaux-Vives fountain at Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland. A chemical engineer by training, he has always been fascinated with the “magic” of the thin-filmed, air-filled globules: “There’s just so much mathematics, physics and chemistry bound up in one dynamic iridescent soap bubble.” It’s a fascination he has shared with his children and now grandchildren, having made them for decades.

Never without his camera, Sutherland believes photography to be “a perfect fusion of art and science.” He finds taking pictures therapeutic and enjoys sharing his photos with others – “to add some ‘wow’ and ‘art’ into their ordinary lives.” Check out his Flickr photostream.


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