microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler
sep 28, 2012
microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler


micrograph of a strawberry by rob kesseler
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

british photographer and professor rob kesseler captures the exotic microscopic detailing of various flora. merging the worlds of
art and science, kesseler’s depictions of the natural world were initially inspired by medieval stylistic illustrations and dutch flower paintings –
slowly evolving to reveal the ornate and mesmeric structures of the various plant material he examined.

to create the eclectic visual imagery – original samples are spluttered with a fine coating of gold and then photographed on a scanning electron microscope.
these images are then manipulated using subtle washes and layers of colour to amplify their forms and display the intricate anatomy of
pollen, seeds, fruit and leaves with breathtaking clarity. the micrograph artwork is directed solely by nature’s mystery and peculiarity –
its richness and complexity- and most palpably, its sheer beauty.


‘scutellaria galericulata’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘acacia pollen’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘rumia crithmifolia (apiaceae)’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘commelinaceae’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


microscopic seed
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘larch pollen’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘hackelia’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘hippocrepis unisiliquosa’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘castilleja flava’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘krameri erecta’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘malva sylvestris’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘nemesia versicolor’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘tolmiea menziesii?
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher


‘cardiospermum’
image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

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