Daniel Stoupin

What do you do?
I am Brisbane-based specialized nature cinematographer, photographer, and artist. My filming work is science-focused and the skills originate in my microscopy background. Microscopic creatures, biolumiescence, fluorescence, and polarized light phenomena in animals are the objects on which I focus my lenses in attempt to show life beyond the naked eye and human perception.

Where are you originally from?

Artist or Scientist?
Both. Currently a PhD student in marine biology in addition to being a filmmaker.

What inspires you?
Scientists, particularly biologists and naturalists, have historically been artists for millennia. They communicated their passions, observations, and findings through various forms of art. In other words, there was no border between two disciplines that we think as of different entities today. Art of naturalists inspired generations of biologists and it keeps performing the same role in the modern world, albeit in different media. Today scientists take different pathways and manipulate with “dry” data that is incomprehensible to people who are remote from science or don’t have sufficient education. I believe that the constantly expanding gap between art and science created a major disconnection in the society and lack of accessibility of scientific findings. A successful scientist, in my opinion, has to be able to deliver his/her research and passions in accessible, inspiring forms. The artist (non scientific), in turn, can greatly benefit from being aware of the newly discovered laws of the universe and draw inspiration from the nature. Some forms of modern art (sci fi, as the most distinct example) lag lightyears behind the scientific discoveries of the last few decades. Thus participation in the group is a chance for me to remind people of the very important issues in the science communication and be able to bring real-life examples of what can be achieved if we break the artificial disconnection between art and science.