Angela Johnson

Bacteral-Painting

BacteralPainting2

Angela Johnson
ART 476: Intermediate Photography
digital prints; 8″ x 10″
2 of 10

I have been collaborating with a Genetics lab on UW-Madison campus. I have been using a microscope as a campera and using a pipette to “paint” with liquid bacteria onto petri dishes. The bacteria has been colorized with shaved chalk. Then I have been photo documenting the bacterial growth over days and weeks until it dries up and cracks apart.

16 thoughts on “Angela Johnson

  1. Wow, these are absolutely breathtaking! The concept is amazing and I find the execution to be excellent as well. I really enjoy the composition and the texture displayed in these images.

  2. These are really beautiful. The idea is very unique and I believe the execution is working really well. You also captured the color variation really well considering that it is such a microscopic subject to work with.

  3. Great images Angela! I enjoy seeing the new images that you create and it’s interesting to see the different compositions that exist in such a small environment. The colors work well with your photographs and love the variations of texture that your getting.

  4. Wow this is a great way to explore photography and really reminds me of the earliest forms of photography through cyanotypes. This is definitely awesome and exciting for those with scientific backgrounds, and especially those in your lab. Print these out and frame it as a gift for your professor!

  5. Wow! What a wonderful meshing of art and science….and how beautiful in both senses. Both images are truly breathtaking – from the color gradient that is appearing under the microscope, to the contrast because of the detailing. Great colors, great work.

  6. When I first looked upon these photos I was greeted with a view to another strange world. The textures, the colors, the shapes, are all so crisply organic while yet, according to your description, they have been hand arranged. There is great sense of depth in the compositions as well. This is a beautiful marrying of art and science together to create a wonderful production. It reminds me of how a tiny bacteria normally which some may view as negative can be made positive with aesthetic infection!

  7. Great combination or science and art. The combination often yields very interesting pieces. Maybe you could make more of these with different bacteria to create a series of these.

  8. i really love these photographs, they are extraterrestrial and also very familiar, which is an interesting concept. i would love to see where this series goes. blown up these would be even more fantastic.

  9. You’ve done a great job of capturing texture and depth on an object that is seemingly flat. I also love your use of color and think it adds another dimension to your concept.

  10. These images are beautiful. At first glance, I thought they were close up images of ice. The colors are stunning and the way that helps create movement in the composition. Such a great idea!

  11. Very beautiful images! Its really great knowing that you’ve put so much time, effort, and thought into making this perfect because they are truly gorgeous images. The cracks lead your eye throughout the image and the color is very calming.

  12. Wow, these photographs are nice. Like Liz said in a comment above, I took a glance at the pictures and thought they were pictures of ice due to the colors. Once I found out that they were of bacteria, I was very pleasantly surprised!

  13. These are super beautiful images. The microscopic world is fascinating, and I really love studying these photos. Wonderful job!

  14. As a biology major, these images are so beautiful to me. I love working in the lab and seeing all of these beautiful things on a daily basis. I think you captured the beauty of even the smallest on things in nature very well.

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