If your hobbies range from food to art to science, they might seem incompatible at first – not to Caren Alpert. She combined all of those and presented some stunning microscopic food photographs. The series, called Terra Cibus, were created with an electron microscope, which helps to reveal the side of our food we don’t normally get to see. We’ll share them with you as part of Closeup Cuisine – Volume 1.
A San Francisco-based fine art and commercial photographer says that she was first attracted to microscope photographs because of their mystery and familiarity at the same time. “This medium deconstructs, abstracts, and reveals the ordinary in a riveting way,” explains Caren and goes on to say that eventually she started seeing both the food and the consumers as a part of a larger ecosystem.
To be more specific, the artist used the scanning electron microscope (SEM). It is a type of electron microscope that produces images of a sample by scanning it with a focused beam of electrons. The electrons interact with electrons in the sample, producing various signals that can be detected and that contain information about the sample’s surface topography and composition. The range of magnification may range from 30x to as high as 500,000x.