MICROCRYSTALS IN POLARIZED LIGHT, a mixture of urea and paracetamol,
Microcrystals - border crossers between art and science.
As ordinary companions in everyday life, we encounter paracetamol and urea in medicines, make-up and food. These substances hardly seem mysterious, but by forming microcrystals they create a world of wonders. Photographed through a microscope, they become visible and allow us a glimpse of a journey through colourful landscapes and fantastic shapes. These images, not unlike modern abstract artworks, invite us to make our own associations, as varied as the random shapes the crystals form. The photographer can never be sure whether the session will be crowned with success, whether the crystals will reveal a universe of shapes and colours. To the extent that the photographer succeeds in revealing the obscure, nature reveals itself in art and the glimpse into the invisible becomes an adventure, the everyday becomes magical.
Author: Peter Juzak (61) is a bookbinder as well as a graphic and desktop publisher. He has been conducting experimental photo studies on micro crystals for more than 30 years. He has worked for Bayer Vital GmbH and was author and photographer for Medicalpicture GmbH.
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