Ben Dobson
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Mineral

Crystal slides can be made in various ways. The citric acid, Needles of Lime, and picric acid, Crystaline Feathers, were made by dissolving in water placing on a slide with a coverslip and then allowed to dry out. They do not last forever and change day by day until they tend to a whiteout state that is less interesting.

Crystaline Feathers is a large stitch and can be printed up 3.6m wide at full resolution.

This means they have to photographed when they are ready, sometimes well into the night...

The ammonium sulphate was melted at 243 degree Celcius on a slide with a cover slip on top and them allowed to crystalise. This is also a temporary mount and had to photographed, several hundred times, when it was ready.

Animal

Theridion melanurum, a spider with a 3mm body. The image is composed of about 3000 images each taken through crossed polaroid filters with a twenty second exposure.
Deep structures, like hairs, required 250 photographs, at different depths of field with one slice in focus, stacked together to create sharp focus throughout. Then, like a panorama shot, 125 of these were stitched together to create the complete image. The original magnification was x200.

The ant is shot using reflected light, x80 and about 1400 images.

Vegetable

Arachnoidiscus Sendaicus is a diatom, a single celled algae with a glass shell. The transparent silica glass is perfect for photosynthesising organism, and at this scale, this is a large diatom:0.483mm, is not brittle.

Black Narcicus.

The image is of the base of the flower, the ovaries, of Narcissus cyclamineus sectioned at ten microns, 0.01mm , using a professional microtome. The blades of the microtome are made by a Japanese company that still manufactures samurai swords.
Preparing some tissue for cutting that thin is quite time consuming and takes dozens of processing steps after fixing the tissue in formaldehyde , in this instance for a month. The tissue was stained with fast green and a red DNA stain called saffarinin. The black is digital to give contrast and, hopefully, a dramatic effect.

My Events

Exhibition at Michealhouse Centre, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU
Repeats every day until Sat May 19 2018.
7 May 2018 -
09:00 to 17:00
I have exhibition of ten of my works at Michealhouse Cafe/Centre, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU
Exhibition at Michealhouse Centre, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU
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"Beauty is more intense in tiny places", microscope art exhibition at King's College
Repeats every day until Thu Mar 08 2018.
19 Feb 2018 -
10:00 to 17:00
"Beauty is more intense in tiny places" An exhibition of microscope art by Ben Dobson King's Art Rooms King's College The University of Cambridge
"Beauty is more intense in tiny places", microscope art exhibition at King's College
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Microscope Art Solo exhibition at chill cafe #2, Cambridge
Repeats every day until Thu Nov 30 2017.
29 Oct 2017 -
06:00 to 23:00
Microscope Art Solo exhibition at chill cafe #2, Cambridge
Microscope Art Solo exhibition at chill cafe #2, Cambridge
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News

Exhibition at Michaelhouse
Exhibition at Michaelhouse Centre. 7th May - 19th May 2018, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU
Exhibition at Michaelhouse
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Invitation to Private View of Major SciArt Exhibition - 26 artists' work
Invitation to Private View of Major SciArt Exhibition - 26 artists' work
Invitation to Private View of Major SciArt Exhibition - 26 artists' work
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"Beauty is more intense in tiny places", microscope art exhibition at King's College
"Beauty is more intense in tiny places", microscope art exhibition at King's College
"Beauty is more intense in tiny places", microscope art exhibition at King's College
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I'm in the Aesthetica Magazine's Artists' Directory
I'm very happy to say that I was invited to be in the major art magazine, Aesthetica's Artists' Directory.
I'm in the Aesthetica Magazine's Artists' Directory
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Call to artists. SciArt at the Cavendish Laboratory
Call to artists. SciArt at the Cavendish Laboratory. Submissions by 31st January 2018 .
Call to artists. SciArt at the Cavendish Laboratory
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Microscope Art Solo exhibition at chill cafe #2, Cambridge
Microscope Art Solo exhibition at chill cafe #2, Cambridge
Microscope Art Solo exhibition at chill cafe #2, Cambridge
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microscope photography
I push the boundaries of the beautiful, from spiders' jaws, moss leaves to codeine crystals. The beauty in this world is more intense in tiny places.

    I seek the hidden world of beauty in drops of water, insects' eyes and human hair and challenge preconceptions of beauty.

    I prepare animal, vegetable and mineral for the microscope and photograph using many lighting techniques along with stacking and stitching.