Crystal slides can be made in various ways. The citric acid, Needles of Lime, and picric acid, Crystaline Feathers, were made by dissolving in water placing on a slide with a coverslip and then allowed to dry out. They do not last forever and change day by day until they tend to a whiteout state that is less interesting.
Crystaline Feathers is a large stitch and can be printed up 3.6m wide at full resolution.
This means they have to photographed when they are ready, sometimes well into the night...
The ammonium sulphate was melted at 243 degree Celcius on a slide with a cover slip on top and them allowed to crystalise. This is also a temporary mount and had to photographed, several hundred times, when it was ready.
Theridion melanurum, a spider with a 3mm body. The image is composed of about 3000 images each taken through crossed polaroid filters with a twenty second exposure.
Deep structures, like hairs, required 250 photographs, at different depths of field with one slice in focus, stacked together to create sharp focus throughout. Then, like a panorama shot, 125 of these were stitched together to create the complete image. The original magnification was x200.
The ant is shot using reflected light, x80 and about 1400 images.
Arachnoidiscus Sendaicus is a diatom, a single celled algae with a glass shell. The transparent silica glass is perfect for photosynthesising organism, and at this scale, this is a large diatom:0.483mm, is not brittle.
The image is of the base of the flower, the ovaries, of Narcissus cyclamineus sectioned at ten microns, 0.01mm , using a professional microtome. The blades of the microtome are made by a Japanese company that still manufactures samurai swords.
Preparing some tissue for cutting that thin is quite time consuming and takes dozens of processing steps after fixing the tissue in formaldehyde , in this instance for a month. The tissue was stained with fast green and a red DNA stain called saffarinin. The black is digital to give contrast and, hopefully, a dramatic effect.
I seek the hidden world of beauty in drops of water, insects' eyes and human hair and challenge preconceptions of beauty.
I prepare animal, vegetable and mineral for the microscope and photograph using many lighting techniques along with stacking and stitching.