Photography has the power to inspire, disgust, and dissect. Photography has often been used as a tool for scientific inquiry, from what a droplet of water looks like to whether a horse lifts all four feet off the ground when running (the photographer of that famous photo was Eadweard Muybridge, often considered a father of high-speed photography). These intrepid photographers behind the science have revolutionized science and art with new techniques, ideas, and chemistry. Both Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams pioneered both the science and art of photography.
What you’re looking at here is monoglyceride—an emulsifier that helps blend usually not-easily-blendible ingredients. If you’ve ever made your own vinaigrette, you’re already familiar with the concept. Oil and vinegar don’t want to join up, and separate into layers when you pour them together. But, whisk in some honey, and you’ve got yourself a blended oil-and-vinegar dressing. The honey (or mustard. yum.) acts as an emulsifier.
There’s not much info like this on Eschliman’s Web site, but you can read more about several of the ingredients he photographed in this Planet Green slideshow.
This years’ winner of the microphotography contest is of a mosquito heart.
Photography is a great way to go out and study the world, capturing the beautiful, horrid, and that which isn’t normally seen.