Menu 

See the Unseen World at the Nikon Small World Exhibit

Nikon Small World ExhibitBehind a crashing red shoreline awaits a surreal dreamscape, cast in shades of amber, orange, red and brown, arranged in a luminous pattern of sharp peaks and valleys and all set under a tranquil, blue sky. No, this is not a still-frame taken from a sci-fi, fantasy movie; nor is it a photo taken by an interplanetary probe. In fact, this is anything but life on a grand scale. The scene described is actually a photograph of a sample of a microcrystalline variety of silica, called Agate, as it appears under a microscope.

This is an example of the kind of natural beauty that exists all around us, but which is normally invisible to the naked human eye; and it is just one example of the many types of extraordinary photographic images that will be on display at the Nikon Small World Exhibit in downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana State Museum on January 26, 2013, starting at 10:00 a.m.

This special field of photography, called photomicrography, captures nature as it can only be seen through the aid of a microscope. While scientists have been taking pictures of microscopic discoveries since the 19th century, they had never had the benefit of working with digital technology until relatively recently. Indeed, the use of digital technology has revolutionized the field, allowing photomicrographers to capture stunning details, in sharp focus, and with unprecedented artistic beauty. The amazing thing about digital photomicrography is that the closer you get, the more complex things become. Never before could living and non-living things be seen in all their shimmering detail like this. This is the synergism of science, technology and art.

Photomicrographers from over 500 organizations, spread over 45 countries, and using over two dozen photomicrographic techniques, have contributed to a collective body of work that, since the Nikon Small World Exhibit’s inception in 1975, has spanned over 100 different subject matters, from algae, aspirin, astrocytes, bacteria, micro-circuits, DNA, and endothelial cells to fungus, liquid crystal, neurons, pollen, snowflakes and even cancer cells! You won’t want to miss this very special exhibit.

Event Info:

  • Location: Indiana State Museum, 650 West Washington Street, Indianapolis.
  • Saturday, January 26, 2013, 10:00 AM.
  • Tel. 317.232.1637