I am a freelance photographer based in Suwalki, a small town in the north-east of Poland. I photograph various subjects, but the greatest passion is taking photographs through the microscope. Among many themes I especially love photographing various crystallized or recrystallized substances. They can be very ordinary substances which can be found in our kitchen, for example sugar, salt or soy sauce or more chemicals like specific compounds or pharmaceuticals. Crystallized substances very often create patterns and shapes which make them similar to the objects from our ordinary big world. I especially like such ones which remind me of landscapes. A huge variety of forms give people looking at them the possibility to interpret in their own way. Presented images are in many cases such examples.
To make the substances crystallized they should be first dissolved in water or alcohol and left for drying. The other way is melting them (if they are able to melt) and wait for crystallization. These processes are prepared on the microscope slides. The rich colors aren’t affected by any digital manipulation. So, they aren’t artificial. They are just results of using special techniques of illumination such as: polarized light, dark field and mixed ones.
All images and text © Marek Miś
By Marek Miś
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