Came across this increadible image today – of salt! This microscopic portrait taken by Hollie Rosier of a specialized salt is the winner in the ‘2012 Research as Art competition in Swansea’ on June 22nd. The black and white photo is very stricking and a beautiful example of how black and white can really create beauty of even the most basic of images. I mean, can you get more basic than salt?
Read a snippet of the background below, as well as the award-winning black and white image:
Weird … microscopic photo looks like an alien
By EMILY FAIRBAIRN
Last Updated: 23rd June 2012
THIS astonishing image isn’t a weird new planet or an alien lifeform — it is actually a microscopic photo of a humble grain of SALT.
The picture of the 2mm grain was taken by postgraduate student Hollie Rosier, who beat more than 100 entries to win the 2012 Research as Art competition in Swansea yesterday.
The materials engineering student said: “The grain is a mixture of sodium sulphate and sodium chloride.
“I just came across it when I was using the microscope — I took a couple of pictures and this was the most striking one, because of the contrast between black and white.
“I’m delighted and honoured to have won the competition.”
But as well as being a beautiful image, Hollie’s picture could help make aircraft jet engines safer.
She is working on research into the conditions inside an engine during flight so that designers will be able to make better airplanes.
Hollie explained: “Deep within the jet engine lies the turbine. This drives the large fan and compressor at the front of the engine and is exposed to extreme environmental conditions.
“Temperatures in this region can reach in excess of 1500:C, and can be exposed to toxic gases and precipitates from the atmosphere.
“Reproducing these extreme conditions in the laboratory is highly demanding but forms an integral part of the design of high performance materials.
“This striking, unedited microscope image is an example of a laboratory reproduction of the salts that have been observed on such components.