animated GIF of a broccoli MRI scan by andy ellison

for the last few years boston-based technologist andy ellison has been putting fruits and vegetables through a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine – and then stitching together the resulting images to create moving GIFs. the animations move fluidly through the volume of the food stuffs, presenting a whimsical deconstruction of each edible subject. ellison investigates the likes of corn, starfruit and tomato – the project beginning merely as a method to warm up and calibrate the scanner prior to his regular work day.

MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison animated GIF of a tomato scan

MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison animated GIF of a starfruit

MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison animated GIF of a broccoli scan

MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison moving image of a cucumber scan

MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison animated scan of a cactus

MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison MRI scan of three lily buds side by side

MRI fruit and vegetable animation by andy ellison MRI scan of corn

via colossal and salon