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.

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘scutellaria galericulata’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘acacia pollen’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘rumia crithmifolia (apiaceae)’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘commelinaceae’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler microscopic seed image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘larch pollen’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘hackelia’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘hippocrepis unisiliquosa’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘castilleja flava’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘krameri erecta’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘malva sylvestris’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘nemesia versicolor’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘tolmiea menziesii? image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

microscopic photos of nature by rob kesseler ‘cardiospermum’ image © rob kesseler, wolfgang stuppy, madeline harley and papadakis publisher

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