Haute Couture et Nature Sublime. Magnified and Magnifique.

August 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

August is for vacation.

Also for photography!

As I gather my gear for some amateur photo action on my upcoming holiday in the Caribbean, I would like to leave you, in this month’s newsletter, with three amazing bodies of photography works I recently came across, from three ingenious photographers around the world:


Fashion and Nature

Valentino pre-fall 2015 | "Pillars of Creation" through the eyes of Hubble telescope (photo by NASA)

Valentino pre-fall 2015 | “Pillars of Creation” through the eyes of Hubble telescope (photo by NASA).  Pairing by Liliya Hudyakova.

Jean Loui Sabaji spring/summer 2013 | Grey cloud

Jean Loui Sabaji spring/summer 2013 | Grey cloud. Pairing by Liliya Hudyakova.


Elie Saab spring/summer 2014 | Pink sunset

Elie Saab spring/summer 2014 | Pink sunset. Pairing by Liliya Hudyakova.

These breathtaking collages are created by 21-year old Russian artist Liliya Hudyakova, demonstrating the uncanny connection between the sublime in high fashion and that in Nature.

View more of her striking pairings in our Lifestyle gallery.

The invisible worlds inside Caffeine, Narcotics and Tears

Caffeine crystals

Caffeine crystals. Photo copyright Maurice Mikkers.


Micrographic visualization of six different types of hard drugs. Top: MDMA, LSD, GHB; Bottom: DMT, Amphetamine, 2CB

Micrographic visualization of six different types of hard drugs Top: MDMA, LSD, GHB; Bottom: DMT, Amphetamine, 2CB. Photos copyright Maurice Mikkers.


Over view of six tears from six different people

Over view of six tears from six different people. Photos copyright Maurice Mikkers.

A medical researcher-turned professional photographer, Maurice Mikkers from the Netherlands is as adept with his Canon 5D as with microscopes and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction).   He is proving his creative side through a flourishing commercial photography practice, shooting portraits, advertisements, festivals, etc. for a long list of clients.  At the same time, his researcher instinct and laboratory training are apparent in the personal projects he pursues, such as his fascinating micrographic series of drugs, medication and food additives, visualizing the world’s most addictive substances, legal or illegal, for the naked eye.

Featured in our Visual Arts gallery are micrographic images of caffeine crystals, crystalline formations of six hard drugs, and three types of human tears (harvested from Mikkers’ cooperating friends).

I never knew coffee, magnified, delivers another sensory intrigue, beyond aroma, taste and mouthfeel!

Underneath the stunning images, Mikkers has stories to tell and a bigger purpose.  While the microscopic visualization of hard drugs is as beautiful as that of caffeine and tears (or perhaps more so), the story about them is unsettling.  Follow the photographer’s exploration of the Deep Web into the secret world of online drug trade here.

Materials, up-close

Ferrofluid

Ferrofluid. Photo copyright Felice Frankel.

"Binary system" in a music box

“Binary system” in a music box. Photo copyright Felice Frankel.

proteus

Proteus. Photo copyright Felice Frankel.

For Felice Frankel, photographing science is an act of discovery. “In fact, making any representation, of any kind in science and engineering, is part of the process of understanding”. She believes that creating visuals for the purpose of explanation should be part of the education agenda.

Felice Frankel is a research scientist in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with additional support from Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.  As a science photographer she (and her work) has been profiled in the New York Times, Wired, LIFE Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, National Public Radio, Science Friday, the Christian Science Monitor and various European publications.  She exhibits throughout the United States and in Europe. Her limited edition photographs are included in a number of corporate and private collections and were part of MOMA’s exhibition, “Design and the Elastic Mind”.

Some of Frankel’s photographs, created under, in or around microscopes, petri dishes, and devices, are featured in our Visual Arts gallery.  I never knew a microrotor or a binary system can be so beautiful!


I depart tonight. In a few days, when I soak in the tropical splendors of Antigua beaches, tour coffee haciendas in Puerto Rico mountains, or operate my electronics to record the Caribbean holiday, these special images will come to my mind, adding another layer of sensory delight to the experience.

I hope you enjoy them too.

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