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“There was a penetration of the light into solid substance so that I seemed to see into things, deep in...”
John Steinbeck was not thinking of rocks when he wrote this sentence in “Travels with Charley - In search of America”. However, his words exactly reflect what people feel when looking at rock photomicrographs such as those at micROCKScopica. Wherever they may come from - the Alps, India or Antarctica, Lipari or Canada, Madagascar or Spain - all these rocks, along with an exciting geological history, share the common feature of hiding a secret world that can be disclosed with a microscope and utilizing polarized light.
MicROCKScopica uniquely uncovers such unknown fascination through the photographs of thin films of rock, that like stained glass show the beauty, elegance and grace inside ordinary stones. Rock photomicrographs illustrate both the geometry and rigorous order of crystal development, and the chaos and variability that characterize the natural processes of formation and evolution of the Earth. Like abstract paintings my images are intriguing, not only because of their unusual content and chromatic richness, but also because they bear some mystery, and let the observer’s imagination wander, trying to guess what the subjects are, or what they might resemble. I tend to think that the artist is the rock, or Nature: What I do is to find the right rock and "give" it the beautiful colors it can display. I am kind of a reporter.
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All images are transmitted, polarized light photomicrographs of 30-micron-thick rock slices (geological "thin sections"), with width of view ranging from 1 to 5 mm. Images were taken with a Zeiss Axiocam camera mounted on the trinocular head of a Zeiss Axioscop 40 Pol microscope.
Technique: Photomicrograph under polarized light, crossed polars plus red tint plate.