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Senior Project APRIL 2016

I was introduced to photography at a very young age.  I remember my first photos I took were at a summer camp when I was around 11 years old.  Ever since then photography has always been an interest of mine.  Over the years I have honed my abilities by exploring various photographic techniques, from simple portraiture to long-exposure landscapes, even astrophotography.  However, over the last couple of years at FGCU I found my work to deal more with science and scientific theory, rather than traditional subject of fine art. 

There are many interesting shapes and patterns, found in nature, which have an artistically aesthetic quality to them.  Sometimes all you have to do is look up into the sky or look into a pool of water to see them.  But in order to see the true beauty of nature, sometimes you need a microscope and something as mundane as rock.  You would be surprised at the intricate, abstract patterns and vibrant colors of the minerals found within certain types of rocks.  Who knew something so seemingly boring could turn out to be something beautiful?

In order to capture these images, I needed to utilize special equipment.  First I needed a microscope that could be converted to use imaging equipment.  Luckily, FGCU’s geology department has such a microscope.  With the help of James MacDonald, I was able to capture these abstract images that were created deep underground thousands of years ago, and present them to you today.