Thursday, January 26, 2012
Caren Alpert is an Advertising Food Photographer and Fine Art Photographer. Her food photography is outstanding but some of my favorite work is her Fine Art, which actually derived from her ad work. While shooting the food we eat, Alpert had a interest of what is actually in our food. With so much of it being "processed" instead of cultivated, Alpert began a series of work where she takes the common food we eat, and photographs a magnified image of the same food through an electron microscope. She was Alumni of University of Arizona's Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon, and was given access to their electron microscope. The process of this work is intense. In fact all of the samples must be moisture free and put into a vacuum. The samples also have to be covered in gold for the machine to work. The gold variable makes this an extremely expensive way to process an image. The following images are... Table Salt 45x magnification, A Fortune Cookie 150x, Vitamin C 80x, A pineapple leaf 85x, Cake Sprinkles 65x, A Blueberry 19x, An Oreo Cookie 15x, and a shrimp tail 230x. I'll let you figure out which is which. I have always had an interest in macro photography, this takes it to a whole new level.