Life through a (magnifying) lens: Nikon Small World 2016
I spent much of my PhD peering through a microscope into the bizarre world of insect reproductive tracts. That secret, tiny world hidden behind powerful lenses is astonishingly beautiful. My images of sperm storage in stalk-eyed flies will not be winning any photography competitions any time soon, but there are scientists out there who are able to turn their time in the dark room into works of art.
Every year the Nikon Small World celebrates this world of photomicrography, showcasing the “beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.” Highly magnified moss leaves become translucent gold films, brain cells sparkle, and zebrafish embryos give serious face.
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