We’ve featured close-up photographs of diatoms before, and as explained these images are microscopic photographs of algae. The patterns and colors created from the smallest organisms on earth are astounding.
But saying that they are microscopic photographs doesn’t really explain — how did the scientists and artists capture these amazing images?
Klaus Kemp is here to explain it for us. The video below gives us some insight into his studies and artwork, as diatoms have been his professional and artistic focus for many years.
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At first glance, you would never think that these images have anything to do with science. But as we know, art and science can create some really amazing creative works!
These images in particular are microscopic views of diatoms – or algae – from the California Academy of Sciences. These images surfaced when a group of hobbyists arranged the diatoms into visually stunning patterns and positions. This is an incredible feat, considering that diatoms are some of the smallest organisms on earth. The designs that we see here would not be available to us without the help of a microscope.
Check out more of these fantastic images on photographer Sara Mansfield’s Flickr.
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