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You’ve surely noticed it but probably never gave it a second thought: the little flash of light that zips across a TV screen in the instant after it’s powered down. In the series “Luminant Point Arrays,” Stephan Tillmans, a German photographer, has captured dozens of the unique pulses that zigzag across cathode ray tube TV displays as images decay. Who knew that each time you clicked the remote you were creating a work of art?
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.