The Artworks

Spike Walker Photomicrographer and ArtistThese artworks from the British Arts-Edition Art Naturally are award winning photographic images taken through the microscope by the renowned British artist and scientist Spike Walker. Spike Walker is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and he has received the Society’s Combined Royal Medical Colleges Medal in 2010 for his ‘outstanding contribution to photography and its application in the service of medicine’. Spike Walker has held the Royal Microscopical Society’s Glauert Medal since 1982 and he has been winning the Wellcome Image Awards a record 24 times.

Only 29 pieces of these photomicrographic artworks have been imported to India for a showcase titled The Art of Science. For this display a single piece of each work has been crafted in our UK workshop under usage of advanced materials and state of the art technology These creations are now exclusively available for purchase through this website.

Each work comes with a certificate of authenticity originally signed by the artist. Further an information tag with a description of the image is also supplied together with each work.

Psychedelia (sulphur mix)

Psychedelia - Art Naturally Linear Stone Grey - The Art of Science

Format: LINEAR – Vogue Acrylics
Stone Grey
Panel sizes:
Background 44″ x 24″ (110 x 60cm)
Image 36″ x 16″ (90 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 97,000/-

About this image

This dazzling image is of crystals of sulphur, benzophenone and phenacetin, chemicals which share a similar melting point.

A mixture of the chemicals was heated to melting point under a cover glass and then left to cool and crystallise. During cooling, the mix was agitated to prevent the chemicals from combining – a process which produces variable effects according to the rate of cooling and pressure exerted.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Dali Ice Cave (sulphur and acetanilide crystals)

Dali Ice Cave - Art Naturally Linear Stone Grey - The Art of Science

Format: LINEAR – Vogue Acrylics
Stone Grey
Panel sizes:
Background 44″ x 24″ (110 x 60cm)
Image 36″ x 16″ (90 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 97,000/-

About this image

Sulphur, or brimstone, is found in volcanic deposits. It is a vital component of living things and has many uses, from fertilisers to car tyres. Acetanilide is used as a stabiliser in various industrial processes.

To produce this image, the materials were heated to melting point under a cover glass and then left to cool and crystallise. During the cooling process, the mix was agitated to prevent the chemicals from combining.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Autumn (carbamide crystals)

Autumn Leaves - Art Naturally Cubix Black - The Art of Science

Format: CUBIX – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 24″ x 24″ (60 x 60cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 98,000/-

About this image

Carbamide is produced in the body when proteins are metabolised and broken down. This was the first organic chemical compound to be formulated synthetically, in 1828, and has since found a multitude of uses – in nitrogen fertilisers, pesticides, some plastics, animal feeds, glues, detergents and hair colouring products. It is also used medicinally as a moisturiser.

Crystals of carbamide tend to resemble flakes or shavings. This image was produced by melting a carbamide sample under a cover glass and allowing it to cool and crystallise. A 2mm wide sample was photographed through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Petals (dopamine crystals)

Petals - Art Naturally Cubix Black - The Art of Science

Format: CUBIX – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 24″ x 24″ (60 x 60cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 98,000/-

About this image

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which helps activate and control the brain’s pleasure and reward centres. One of the so-called ‘happiness hormones’ (with serotonin, melatonin and others), it is manipulated by drugs such as caffeine and is therefore associated with addiction.

Low levels of dopamine are a feature of Parkinson’s disease and conventional treatments to increase dopamine levels have had limited success. Gene therapy is now undergoing clinical trials, in which genes coding for dopamine-producing proteins are injected directly into the brain.

Recent experiments suggest that dopamine also influences the way we make decisions, increasing the importance of ‘gut feeling’ over analytical decision making.

To produce this image, dopamine was allowed to crystallise from an aqueous solution and a 2mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope. The sample was placed between crossed polarizing filters to enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Blue Dolphin (sulphur and benzophenone crystals)

Blue Dolphin - Art Naturally Cubix Black - The Art of Science

Format: CUBIX – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 24″ x 24″ (60 x 60cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 98,000/-

About this image

Sulphur, or brimstone, is found in volcanic deposits. It is a vital component of living things and has many uses, from fertilisers to car tyres. Benzophenone is used in the packaging industry to prevent goods from ultraviolet light damage.

To produce this image, the chemicals were heated to melting point under a cover glass and then left to cool and crystallise. During the cooling process, the mix was agitated to prevent the chemicals from combining.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Lava Lamp 1 (sulphur crystals)

Lava Lamp 1 - Art Naturally Cubix Black - The Art of Science

Format: CUBIX – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 24″ x 24″ (60 x 60cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 98,000/-

About this image

Found in volcanic deposits, sulphur (sometimes known as brimstone) is the earth’s 17th most abundant chemical element, a vital component of living things and with a multitude of uses, from fertilisers to car tyres.

Sulphur was mixed with other chemicals, then heated to melting point under a cover glass and left to cool and crystallise. The rounded shapes were created as a result of agitating the material during the cooling process, by pressing on the cover glass.

This photo, of a 2.5mm wide sample, was taken through an optical microscope, using polarizing filters and an adapted Rheinberg illumination system. Polarizers produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road) and Rheinberg uses coloured filters.


Midnight Landscape (monosodium glutamate crystals)

Midnight Landscape - Art Naturally Panoramic Black - The Art of Science

Format: PANORAMIC – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 58″ x 24″ (147 x 60cm)
Image 50″ x 16″ (127 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 125,000/-

About this image

Monosodium Glutamate is used as a flavour enhancer in many foods, producing the savoury ‘umami’ taste – one of the five basic tastes together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty.

The pink and grey geometric shapes in the image are fully-formed and partly formed crystals of monosodium glutamate in a gelatine solution. The dots and swirls are air bubbles of different sizes, formed as the gelatine solution has contracted.

A 2mm wide sample was photographed through an optical microscope using crossed polarizing filters and an adapted Rheinberg illumination system. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road) following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths. Rheinberg illumination makes use of coloured filters.


Lightening Strike (carbamide crystals)

Lightening Strike - Art Naturally Panoramic Black - The Art of Science

Format: PANORAMIC – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 58″ x 24″ (147 x 60cm)
Image 50″ x 16″ (127 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 125,000/-

About this image

Carbamide is produced in the body when proteins are metabolised and broken down. This was the first organic chemical compound to be formulated synthetically, in 1828, and has since found a multitude of uses – in nitrogen fertilisers, pesticides, some plastics, animal feeds, glues, detergents and hair colouring products. It is also used medicinally as a moisturiser.

Crystals of carbamide tend to resemble flakes or shavings. This image was produced by melting a carbamide sample under a cover glass and allowing it to cool and crystallise. A 2mm wide sample was photographed through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Ice Cubes (silicon chip)

Ice Cubes - Art Naturally Panoramic Black - The Art of Science

Format: PANORAMIC – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 58″ x 24″ (147 x 60cm)
Image 50″ x 16″ (127 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 125,000/-

About this image

In electronics, a wafer – a thin slice of semi-conductor material such as silicon crystal – acts as the structural base on which microelectronic devices, such as computer microchips, are built. Solar cells may also be made from this kind of wafer.

This is a photo taken through an optical microscope, showing a 2.5mm wide area on the underside of a silicon wafer. A microscopical technique known as Epi-Nomarski differential interference contrast , suitable where the specimen is opaque and high reflective, was used to enhance contrast – in this case by means of 3-dimensional relief in shades of grey.


Entanglement (Phensic formula)

Entanglement - Art Naturally Panoramic Black - The Art of Science

Format: PANORAMIC – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 58″ x 24″ (147 x 60cm)
Image 50″ x 16″ (127 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 125,000/-

About this image

The Phensic brand of painkiller now contains only two active ingredients, aspirin and caffeine, but until the 1970s the chemical phenacetin was also included, and this photo is of crystals formed from the earlier recipe. Phenacetin was withdrawn from non-prescription medications because of risks of cancer and kidney failure.

The chemicals were dissolved in warm water and allowed to crystallise. A 2mm wide sample was photographed through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters and an adapted Rheinberg illumination system. Polarizers produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some light wavelengths. Rheinberg illumination makes use of coloured filters.


Hieroglyph (phenylanthranilic acid crystals)

Hieroglyph - Art Naturally Panoramic Saffron Yellow - The Art of Science

Format: PANORAMIC – Vogue Acrylics
Saffron Yellow
Panel sizes:
Background 58″ x 24″ (147 x 60cm)
Image 50″ x 16″ (127 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 126,000/-

About this image

Phenylanthranilic acid is used in the preparation of several anti-inflammatory drugs. The chemical was melted under a cover glass and allowed to crystallise – the very unusual crystalline formation seen here being found in only one small area of the sample.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope. Crossed polarizing filters were used to enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths. In this case, to produce more intense colours from this very thin sample, a whole wave compensator was added to the system. Typically, the latter produces blues and yellows on a red background.


Volcanic Shower (monosodium glutamate abstract)

Volcanic Showers - Art Naturally Offset Black - The Art of Science

Format: OVERHANG – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 44″ x 20″ (110 x 50cm)
Image 36″ x 20″ (90 x 50cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 92,000/-

About this image

Monosodium Glutamate is used as a flavour enhancer in many foods, producing the savoury ‘umami’ taste – one of the five basic tastes together with sweet, sour, bitter and salty.

The blue and pink geometric shapes in the image are fully- and partly- formed crystals of monosodium glutamate in a gelatine solution. The green dots and swirls are air bubbles of different sizes, formed as the gelatine solution has contracted.

A 2mm wide sample was photographed through an optical microscope using crossed polarizing filters and an adapted Rheinberg illumination system. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road) following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths. Rheinberg illumination makes use of coloured filters.


Lava Flow (sulphur crystals)

Lava Flow - Art Naturally Offset Chilli Red - The Art of Science

Format: OVERHANG – Vogue Acrylics
Chilli Red
Panel sizes:
Background 44″ x 20″ (110 x 50cm)
Image 36″ x 20″ (90 x 50cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 94,000/-

About this image

Sulphur, or brimstone, is found in volcanic deposits. It is a vital component of living things and has many uses, from fertilisers to car tyres. Benzophenone is used in the packaging industry to prevent goods from ultraviolet light damage.

The chemicals were heated and then left to crystallise. A 2.5mm sample was placed between crossed polarizing filters and photographed under an optical microscope. Polarizing filters are used to enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following destruction of some of the light wavelengths. In this case, the colours have been digitally adjusted.


Clematis (coconut butter crystals)

Clematis - Art Naturally Cubix Stone Grey - The Art of Science

Format: CUBIX – Vogue Acrylics
Stone Grey
Panel sizes:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 24″ x 24″ (60 x 60cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 99,000/-

About this image

Coconut butter is solidified oil from the white flesh of the coconut. Coconut oil is an important source of dietary fat, especially in tropical countries, though its high saturated fat content has implications for health. It is also used as a bio-fuel, engine lubricator and skin moisturiser. The specimen was melted and then dissolved in a resin mixture and left to crystallise over several months.

This photo of a 9mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters and an adapted Rheinberg illumination system. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road) and Rheinberg uses coloured filters.


Flamenco (sulphur diffraction image)

Flamenco - Art Naturally Cubix Black - The Art of Science

Format: CUBIX – Vogue Acrylics
Midnight Black
Panel sizes:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 24″ x 24″ (60 x 60cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 98,000/-

About this image

Sulphur, or brimstone, is found in volcanic deposits. It is a vital component of living things and has many uses, from fertilisers to car tyres.

Sulphur was heated to melting point and then left to cool and crystallise. A 2.5mm sample was placed between crossed polarizing filters and photographed under an optical microscope, with Polaroid colour reversal film over the rear lens of the microscope objective. Printed with fine red, blue, and green stripes, the reversal film acted as a diffraction screen.

Polarizing filters are used to enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Treasure (Vitamin C crystals)

Treasure - Art Naturally Linear Moonlight White - The Art of Science

Format: LINEAR – Vogue Acrylics
Moonlight White
Panel sizes:
Background 44″ x 24″ (110 x 60cm)
Image 36″ x 16″ (90 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 98,000/-

About this image

In this image, Vitamin C has crystallised in a thin layer from a weak aqueous solution. By breathing at intervals on the developing needle-like crystals, the photographer has varied the growth rate, producing radiating bands of different shades.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope between crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths. In this case, little colour is produced because of the thinness of the crystal layer.


Mountain Range (paracetamol crystals)

Mountain Range - Art Naturally Linear Stone Grey - The Art of Science

Format: LINEAR – Vogue Acrylics
Stone Grey
Panel sizes:
Background 44″ x 24″ (110 x 60cm)
Image 36″ x 16″ (90 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 97,000/-

About this image

In this image, paracetamol crystals have formed from a thin film of paracetamol/alcohol solution spread on a glass slide. The photographer has created a framing effect in the image by disturbing the crystallisation process in two ways.

First, a needle was used to score the film around the edges of the slide, producing a dark border as the crystals grew away from the scratch marks. Second, breathing on the sample slowed the rate of crystallisation and produced the inner, more broken line. This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters to enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road) following destruction of some light wavelengths.


Aztec Clay (aspirin crystals)

Aztec Clay - Art Naturally Offset Sandstone Brown - The Art of Science

Format: OFFSET – Vogue Acrylics
Sandstone Brown
Panel sizes:
Background 35″ x 26″ (90 x 66cm)
Image 27″ x 18″ (70 x 45cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 92,000/-

About this image

The chemical salicylate, derived from willow bark, has been used as a remedy against inflammation, fever and pain for thousands of years – certainly since the ancient Egyptian period. In a modified form, aspirin, its importance as a treatment for these conditions continues today. Indeed, the list of aspirin’s current and potential clinical applications is growing ever longer – including heart disease, type-2 diabetes and, most recently, cancer.

To create this image, a sample of pure aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid ) was melted under a cover glass and, whilst the chemical was still molten, the cover glass was removed. For reasons that are not clear, this technique results in crystals in the unusual concentric circular form seen here.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope between crossed polarizing filters. The strongly 3-D appearance was created by placing the light source off-centre. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Peacock’s Tail (histamine crystals)

Peacock's Tail - Art Naturally Offset Sandstone Brown - The Art of Science

Format: OFFSET – Vogue Acrylics
Sandstone Brown
Panel sizes:
Background 35″ x 26″ (90 x 66cm)
Image 27″ x 18″ (70 x 45cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 92,000/-

About this image

The protein Histamine is released as part of the body’s immune response, causing an allergic reaction, ie inflammation (swelling) to help fight off germs. This is a vital weapon against infection, but in some cases, excessive reaction or inappropriate reaction to a harmless substance (eg dust or nuts) occurs, causing symptoms such as asthma and itching. Anti-histamines can be used to inhibit these reactions.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope. Histamine was allowed to crystallize from a water solution and the crystals were photographed between crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Jelly Cubes (silicon chip)

Jelly Cubes - Art Naturally Linear Aurora Violet - The Art of Science

Format: LINEAR – Vogue Acrylics
Aurora Violet
Panel sizes:
Background 44″ x 24″ (110 x 60cm)
Image 36″ x 16″ (90 x 40cm)

included:
Hanging system Rotate-360
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 99,000/-

About this image

In electronics, a wafer – a thin slice of semi-conductor material such as silicon crystal – acts as the structural base on which microelectronic devices, such as computer microchips, are built. Solar cells may also be made from this kind of wafer.

This is a photo taken through an optical microscope, showing a 2.5mm wide section of the lower surface of a silicon wafer. Epi-Nomarski differential interference contrast, suitable where the specimen is opaque and high reflective, was used to enhance contrast – in this case by means of both 3-dimensional relief and the use of colour contrast.


Venetian Glass (diatom abstract)

Venetian Glass - Art Naturally Total White - The Art of Science

Frame: TOTAL – Total Frames
White
Frame/Panel size:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 23″ x 23″ (58 x 58cm)

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 110,000/-

About this image

It may look like a piece of Millefiori glassware, but this is a Diatom species of single-cell marine phytoplankton. It is cylindrical in shape, approximately 0.4mm across, and we are looking at one end of the cell, which is formed like a lid overlapping a base (think of a Dairy Lea cheese box).

Diatom communities are useful for monitoring environmental conditions, past and present, and are commonly used in studies of water quality.

The photo was taken through an optical microscope, using the Jamin-Lebedeff system of contrast enhancement, which converts optical thickness differences in the specimen into colour differences. The image has been digitally modified.


Snow Goose (quinidine crystals)

Snow Goose - Art Naturally Total White - The Art of Science

Frame: TOTAL – Total Frames
White
Frame/Panel size:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 23″ x 23″ (58 x 58cm)

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 110,000/-

About this image

Quinidine is derived from the bark of the cinchona tree and is used in medicine to treat abnormal heart rhythm and as an anti-malarial treatment.

This image is a modern photograph of a 19th century microscopy slide labelled ‘plumose Quinidine’, plumose meaning feather-like. The feather like form of these crystals is clearly seen.

The sample, 2.5mm wide, was photographed through an optical microscope between crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Michaelmas Daisies (coconut butter crystals)

Michaelmas Daisies - Art Naturally Total White - The Art of Science

Frame: TOTAL – Total Frames
White
Frame/Panel size:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 23″ x 23″ (58 x 58cm)

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 110,000/-

About this image

Coconut butter is solidified oil from the white flesh of the coconut. Coconut oil is an important source of dietary fat, especially in tropical countries, though its high saturated fat content has implications for health. It is also used as a bio-fuel, engine lubricator and skin moisturiser. The specimen was melted and then dissolved in a resin mixture and left to crystallise over several months.

This photo of a 9mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters and an adapted Rheinberg illumination system. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road) and Rheinberg uses coloured filters.


Starburst (cyanobacteria cells)

Starburst - Art Naturally Total Black - The Art of Science

Frame: TOTAL – Total Frames
Black
Frame/Panel size:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 23″ x 23″ (58 x 58cm)

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 110,000/-

About this image

Gloeotrichia is a type of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae and is commonly responsible for ‘blooms’ in lakes and reservoirs. Contact with it can sometimes cause ‘swimmers’ itch’. The picture shows a pompom-like colony made up of tapering chains of cells or trichomes.

This photo of a 1.5mm wide specimen was taken through an optical microscope, using dark ground illumination – a contrast enhancement technique in which the specimen is illuminated with oblique light. This has created a dark background against which fine details can be seen.


Shell Collection (Vitamin C crystals)

Shell Collection - Art Naturally Total Black - The Art of Science

Frame: TOTAL – Total Frames
Black
Frame/Panel size:
Background 34″ x 34″ (86 x 86cm)
Image 23″ x 23″ (58 x 58cm)

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price:   Rs. 110,000/-

About this image

In this image, an oxidised form of Vitamin C has crystallised in a thin layer from a weak aqueous solution. The photographer has scratched the sample to create compartments around and inside which crystals have formed. The weakness of the solution is evidenced by the scarcity of crystals – spaces are left where there were not enough crystals to fill the compartments.

A 2.5mm wide sample was photographed (using an everyday compact camera!) through a stereo microscope, creating a 3-D effect. Darkground illumination was used to create contrast.


River Delta (histamine crystals)

Riverdelta - Art Naturally Custom Wide Earth Brown - The Art of Science

Frame: Vogue Acrylics Custom Wide
Earth Brown
Panel size (overall):
Background 95″ x 47″ (241 x 120 cm)
consists of 2 semi-panes

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price: Rs. 255,000/-

About this image

The protein Histamine is released as part of the body’s immune response, causing an allergic reaction, ie inflammation (swelling) to help fight off germs. This is a vital weapon against infection, but in some cases, excessive reaction or inappropriate reaction to a harmless substance (eg dust or nuts) occurs, causing symptoms such as asthma and itching. Anti-histamines can be used to inhibit these reactions.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample, was taken through an optical microscope. Histamine was allowed to crystallize from a water solution and the crystals were photographed between crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Psychedelia (sulphur mix)

Psychedelia - Art Naturally Custom Wide Citron Yellow - The Art of Science

Frame: Vogue Acrylics Custom Wide
Citron Yellow
Panel size (overall):
Background 94.5″ x 47″ (240 x 120 cm)
consists of 2 semi-panes

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price: Rs. 249,000/-

About this image

This dazzling image is of crystals of sulphur, benzophenone and phenacetin, chemicals which share a similar melting point.

A mixture of the chemicals was heated to melting point under a cover glass and then left to cool and crystallise. During cooling, the mix was agitated to prevent the chemicals from combining – a process which produces variable effects according to the rate of cooling and pressure exerted.

This photo of a 2.5mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope, using crossed polarizing filters. Polarizers enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.


Celestial (octopamine crystals)

Celestial - Art Naturally Custom Wide Stone Grey - The Art of Science

Frame: Vogue Acrylics Custom Wide
Stone Grey
Panel size (overall):
Background 82″ x 41″ (208 x 104 cm)
consists of 2 semi-panes

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price: Rs. 249,000/-

About this image

The neurotransmitter octopamine is so called because it was first discovered in octopuses and its role in energy-demanding behaviours in invertebrates has been widely studied: it allows the locust to jump and the firefly to produce light, for example. Likewise in vertebrates it is involved in the transmission of signals in the nervous system and is included in a group of drugs used to treat cardiac arrest and low blood pressure. It is reputed, without firm evidence, to assist weight loss.

To produce this image, octopamine was dissolved in an aqueous solution and allowed to crystallise. The sample was then heated under a cover slide and allowed to crystallise. A 2mm wide sample was photographed through an optical microscope, using crossed polarising filters to enhance contrast and produce colour. The colours produced by polarizers are known as ‘interference colours’ – as seen on an oil film on a wet road – because they involve the destruction of some light wavelengths.


Bird of Paradise (dopamine crystals)

Bird of Paradise - Art Naturally Custom Wide Azure Blue - The Art of Science

Frame: Vogue Acrylics Custom Wide
Azure Blue
Panel size (overall):
Background 94″ x 41″ (239 x 104 cm)
consists of 2 semi-panes

included:
Hanging ready
15x15cm acrylic information card
Certificate of authenticity

Price: Rs. 253,000/-

About this image

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which helps activate and control the brain’s pleasure and reward centres. One of the so-called ‘happiness hormones’ (with serotonin, melatonin and others), it is manipulated by drugs such as caffeine and is therefore associated with addiction.

Low levels of dopamine are a feature of Parkinson’s disease and conventional treatments to increase dopamine levels have had limited success. Gene therapy is now undergoing clinical trials, in which genes coding for dopamine-producing proteins are injected directly into the brain.

Recent experiments suggest that dopamine also influences the way we make decisions, increasing the importance of ‘gut feeling’ over analytical decision making.

To produce this image, dopamine was allowed to crystallise from an aqueous solution and a 2mm wide sample was taken through an optical microscope. The sample was placed between crossed polarizing filters to enhance contrast and produce ‘interference colours’ (as seen on an oil film on a wet road), following the destruction of some of the light wavelengths.