Thursday, December 30, 2004

Pretty Pictures

Eye Of Science has some amazing biological imagery. Here's the site's description:
"Our aim as a two-person team of photographer and biologist is to
combine scientific exactness with aesthetic appearances thereby helping to bridge the gap between the world of science and the world of art. Our commitment is to the evidence of scientific investigation but also to the use of color as a creative and harmonious tool to achieve beauty. In the combination of the aesthetics and the science we hope to inspire the public. Day by day, in a world beyond human vision, we explore fascinating forms and structures."
They have a number of images in their gallery (it's frame-based, so I can't link), and also have some posters and a calendar for sale. Many of their images are extremely high-quality false-colored scanning electron micrographs (though they use other techniques as well). Scanning electron microscopes do not detect color, and thus I'd rather the images were also available in their original grayscale state, but I will say that the coloring is very well-done. If only they had more images online (though it appears they do have a book, Der Mikrokosmos, published in German) ...

(via BoingBoing)

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