A Living Page

Page, daylight

Page, daylight

Page on bacteriological  media, dark

Page on bacteriological media, dark

Page on non-nutritious surface, dark

Page on non-nutritious surface, dark

Held page, dark. Note the increase in biolouminescence where it is being held.

Held page, dark. Note the increase in biolouminescence where it is being held.

Held page, dark. Note the increase in biolouminescence where it is being held.

Held page, dark. Note the increase in biolouminescence where it is being held.

Held page, dark. Note the increase in biolouminescence where it is being held.

Held page, dark. Note the increase in biolouminescence where it is being held.

Held page, dark. Note the increase in biolouminescence where it is being held.

Held page, dark. Note the increase in biolouminescence where it is being held.

Held page, daylight

Held page, daylight

A page from a book carefully infused with living bioluminescent bacteria. In a very simple sense, the bacteria self-illumnate the page so that it my be read in the dark without the need for unsustainable electric lighting. Beyond this, the bacteria suffuse that page with a unique and beguling energy of biological origin, the impact of which on the psyche, transcends the words written on the page. I was really shocked to observe that the page, and thus the bacteria, respond to my touch by glowing brighter!  Possibly, due to changes in temperature, but remarkable nevertheless that there is a response.

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