Lee Hendrickson’s photography of crystals draws on his experience as both a research scientist and his formal training in photography. By weaving together the fields of art and science, an intimate and unique view of nature is revealed in his beautiful and thought provoking images.

After growing the crystals on a microscope slide, the intricate beauty of these “molecular landscapes” is magnified thousands of times and captured using a high-resolution digital imaging microscope. The colors are the natural process of light refracting through the crystals, often producing a rainbow of colors. Though highly representational, the resulting image’s aesthetic feels both contemporary and abstract, and the story behind his artwork fascinates the viewer as much as the natural elegance of the subject.

“The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science.”

-Albert Einstein

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