Martin Oeggerli uses the scanning electron microscope to image invisibly small organisms and biological structures, which he then painstakingly colors to bring out their inherent beauty. The stunning images help us understand the intricacies of nature's designs and...
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Budapest, 1 September 2021 National Geographic Hungary has published a new article by Micronaut. It focuses on the secret life and astonishing diversity of pollen grains. Micronaut has started to document pollen grains in 2005 and never stopped since then. The...
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Styling himself as a Micronaut—explorer of invisible worlds—Oeggerli creates incredible microscopic photographs using a combination of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and post-processing coloration.
Utilizing electrons instead of photons allows to find and explore invisibly small creatures and materials, often with magnifications up to 100’000-times or more. By combining hi-tech SEM with his signature-style coloration, Micronaut exposes surreal looking motives down to the smallest details and thereby expands the limits of traditional photography
To obtain exquisite specimens, that are in perfect condition, Oeggerli works closely with research scientists. Each sample has to be carefully dried using special solvents to maintain its natural shape and appearance. After this the sample is also coated with a thin layer of gold, to make it electronically conductive. It’s one of several critical steps during the conservational process which will finally affect the image quality and maximum printable size of every resultant picture.
Basel Area Children’s Cancer Foundation
As some of you may know, I have been working in cancer research for over 10 years. Helping children suffering from cancer, and their families, is a subject very close to my heart. On behalf of the “Stiftung für krebskranke Kinder”, I encourage you to look at the links and movie below, to see how the Foundation helps brave kids – and how it could do even more with your generous support!
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