The microscopic beauty of soap film and food coloring…no, really


Harnessing his scientific training in biochemistry, photographer Linden Gledhill recently created a series of stunning images depicting ordinary soap film and food coloring.

Using the techniques of advanced microscopy, Gledhill is able to manipulate light in a variety of creative ways to reveal the nuanced beauty and detail of ordinary objects and things we take for granted.

To achieve these results, Gledhill employs either a light reflective microscope or a transmission scope that facilitates light passing through an object. The light is then split and recombined using a process called optical staining, also known as dark field contrast. Put simply, light gets split, filtered and stained to highlight the features of objects in such a way as to make them appear uniquely vibrant and detailed.

Gledhill is also working on several other projects including “a series of visuals depicting DNA crystallization for a genomic sequencing project targeting autistic people.” Be sure to check out Gledhill’s website to access his other amazing works.

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Kristian strives to enlighten and entertain readers. In addition to his teaching and editorial responsibilities, he is working on a science-fiction novel that promises not to include exoskeleton suits and anemic aliens floating in mysterious vats of green-tinted goop.

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