Dr. Larry Pratt is an artist and scientist living on Cape Cod. His research on the physics of the ocean carries over to his artistic practices in photography, dance, and art/science education. His nationally exhibited photographs explore the physical and mathematical beauty found in ocean waves, currents, and landforms, and especially in the human body. Larry has a deep appreciation for the forms and dynamics that live in the world of modern and contemporary dance, and he loves working creatively with dancers and choreographers. This website has examples of work created over the past 15 years.
1982 - Ph. D. in physical oceanography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Joint Program
2019 - A Step Beyond, Worked with this non-profit organization in Escondido, CA, co-teaching a two-week workshop for 5th- and 6th-grade students from impoverished families. Used dance to teach ocean science.
2019 - Embodied Physics: Embodied Learning for Underrepresented Youth, Worked with group of dancers and physicists to create a learning lab to teach physics to teenage African Americans.
2018 - The Dance and Physics of the Universe, A creative lab class taught with Prof. Alissa Cardone in the Dance Division of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
2018 - Seeing the Unseen, Spring semester class at the Pasadena Art Center of Design, co-taught with professors Maggie Hendrie and Santiago Lombeyda.
2018 - National Academy of Sciences/Keck Futures, Meeting presentation to group of artists and scientists, with Heather Spence.
2017 - The Making of HoverDive: A collaboration on Dance and Ocean Science, National Academy of Sciences/Keck Futures, DASER public presentations, Washington, DC.
2014 - SUBMERGE, Festival talk on dance and the ocean with Choreographer Jody Sperling, New York City, NY.
2014 - "Science, Dance and the Creative Process": MIT Class, Fall Semester, co-taught with choreographer Mariah Steele.
2014 - Short course on dance and physics for MIT students, with choreographer Mariah Steele.
2014 - Hoverdive: An evening length dance performance by Contripose Dance, staged at Boston University.
2013 - Public workshop on dance and ocean sciences, with Jimena Bermejo, Woods Hole, MA.
2013 - Workshop on dance and physics for MIT students, with choreographer Liz Roncka, Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA.
2013 - Short course on dance and physics for MIT students, with dancer Riley Watts, Cambridge, MA.
2013 - Catalyst talk with choreography Courtney Peix on dance and physics, MIT/Harvard Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA.
SOLO PHOTO EXHIBITIONS
2012 - Cape Cod Cultural Society.
2010 - Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA (Curator: Katie Dunkle).
2010 - Brewster Ladies Library.
2008 - J. Miller Gallery, Mashpee, MA (Curator: J. Miller).
2007 - The Boardroom Gallery, The Cultural Center of Cape Cod.
2007 - Island Art Gallery, Vineyard Haven (Curator: Uta Kirchlechner-Kloss).
2003 - The Prodigal Son, Hyannis, MA (Curator: Shelly Thompson).
2007 - "All Cape Cod Open", Cape Cod Art Association.
Photos in Publications
Pratt, L. J. 1984 - Journal of Atmospheric Science 41, 1214-25
Pratt, L. J. 1987 - Journal of Physical Oceanography. 17, 483-91
Pratt, L. J. and C. Watts 1998 - Saltwater Fly Fishing Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 28-33
Pratt, L. J. and C. Cetta 1999 - Saltwater Fly Fishing Vol. 5, No. 3 (pp. 42-45)
August 2004 - Shutterbug magazine: Website Featured
2008 - The Cape Cod Voice (back inside cover photo)
2008 - Shots magazine, Vol. 100, p. 29
2008 - Rotating Hydraulics (Springer, New York) by L. J. Pratt and J. Whitehead. (Scientific photos)
2008 - Best of Photography Annual. Book published by Photographer's Forum magazine
Group Photo Exhibitions & Juried Shows
2016 - Jim Show, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
2014 - 1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2013 - New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA.
2012 - Panopticon Gallery.
2012 - Big Picture Exhibit, Cotuit Art Center, Cotuit, MA.
2012 - Boston Museum of Science, with Anastasia Azur.
2012 - Peninsula Fine Arts Center Biennial, Newport News, VA (Juror: David Mickenburg).
2012 - Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA.
2011 - Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA.
2010 - Cape Cod Art Association National Exhibit.
2010 - Panopticon Gallery.
2009 - Griffin Museum Annual Juried Exhibition (Juror: Catherine Edelman).
2008 - Photography Forum magazine Spring Photography Contest (Juror: Nell Campbell).
2008 - 17th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Art Institute and Gallery, Salisbury, MD (Juror: Ellen Harris).
2008 - "The Artful Nude", The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort. Collins, CO (Juror: Kim Weston)
2008 - National Exhibition, Cape Cod Art Association. (Jurors: Beverly Carreiro, Jack Carver, Elizabeth Ives Hunter).
2008 - "Camera Work", Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield, CT.