Living With Microsculpture


Tiger Beetle is part of the Microsculpture exhibit. Image: Levon Biss

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is promoting a new exhibit to open at the end of this month called “Microsculpture”. It features the work of photographer Levon Bliss who photographs insects through microscope lenses. He uses a stacking technique of 1 image every 10 microns. A stack may consist of thousands of images.  He divides an insect into numerous sections (30 or more) and concentrates on one section at a time. Lighting is critical to the final image.  The result is an image with incredible pixel density that allows a viewer to zoom in on some of the smallest details of each insect. For the Oxford exhibit, the images are printed as enormous posters that allows the viewer to stand in awe of the complexity and beauty of the insect form.

The video from the Microsculpture site is worth watching:

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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