Microscopic Photography

Using a microscope and slides with specimens from plants and humans I took pictures of them. I made sure that what i was photographing had interesting textures or patterns and it is fascinating seeing the different patterns in nature. I also took photos of scraps of fabric and string under the microscope, and it was interesting to see the weave pattern and individual threads in the samples.

Ernst Haeckel

CABINET / Ernst Haeckel and the Microbial Baroque
Tetracoralla - Print by Ernst Haeckel, Art Forms of Nature, 1904

Ernst Haeckel was a German biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, and skilled botanical illustrator. Made in the 19th and 20th centuries, Haeckels colourful, stylised drawings show what different forms of plant life look like under a microscope. Haeckel supported Darwin’s theory of evolution, and his precise drawings that embraced the theory of evolution showed the world microscopic organisms that were previously unseen. He even sent Darwin copies of some of his work, and he said, “[They] were the most magnificent works which I have ever seen, and I am proud to possess a copy from the author.” I can see why Darwin was so impressed as the accuracy and intricacy of Haeckel’s work is interesting to look at, and the geometric and almost architectural forms found in nature is fascinating.


I think the textures that @theartofpathology has found from biological specimens are really cool, and look like they could have created digitally or drawn by someone as a pattern for fashion and interior.


This account uses a laser microscope to get super detailed, high resolution 3D images of cells. Using a laser microscope instead of a light microscope means the colours are completely different and gives a luminous, neon look to the samples.


This account run by microscopy enthusiast, posts amazingly detailed images showing anything under the microscope, from Acetylsalicylic acid, a compound in aspirin tablets, to a zebra spider. the spectrum of colours in the first image is crazy, and seeing the individual hairs ofn the spider is really interesting.

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