Months ago I wrote an essay about Punk being another version of Dadaism. In the conclusion of this essay, I asked the question that one day, will science be art?

This article answers my question.

The Stunning Detail of Shells Under the Microscope

Charles Kazilek wanted to photograph the Chester Collection of shells without coming across the same difficulty that so many photographers have had before him: focus.

“The scanning light work all began with a journal publication by Nile Root. A colleague of mine, William Sharp, and I were challenged to get a close-up image of a cicada. This is a common insect in the southwest. The problem was we wanted a close-up image and with everything in focus.”

In order to achieve this goal, the pair set up a film camera with three points of light in order to create a thin plane of light. This process is a lot like painting the image onto the film. To avoid the images becoming blurry in areas, the process was carried out in a completely dark room. This meant that the photographers had no idea what their images would turn out like, if at all.

Once the pictures were developed, the results were mesmerizing. ‘Emeralds, sapphires, diamonds and rubies are what most people consider jewels. But there are some tiny unique items in nature that are just as beautiful and jewels in their own right. Some of these are amazing shells whose beauty is usually hidden under normal light but can be brought out by a special light, specifically light scanning microscope photography.’ Says Kazilek

Personally, I love the photographs. I think their stunning visually but what I love most is their uniqueness. They have a sense of newness – this has never been done before. These photographs aren’t just a click of a button but a science experiment. I’d love to accomplish something so rare.


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