Invisible Worlds

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 29.73 second exposure.

Invisible World. 29.73 second exposure, 100x magnification

I was in my garden today. I could hear a Song Thrush and Blackbird singing close by. A handful of House Martins flew overhead, and scores of bees and insects buzzed backwards and forwards. Life seemed abundant.

I’ve developed a novel process that rather than recording micro-videos in real-time, records instead the paths taken by microscopic creatures under the microscope. The images generated, result from the accumulation of the activity tracks of these usually invisible life forms and reveal the hugely complicated dynamic of their manifold activities and interactions. The process generates images that are in some sense similar to those of radioactive decay, or atomic particle collisions, as they are seen using cloud chambers.  The process is transformative, in that it converts the mundane and disregarded, into something remarkable, not by changing it, but by revealing another level of reality that is usually withheld from us. Each sample generates a unique signature of accumulated biological wavelengths and frequencies.

As all of the macroscopic activity above was taking place , I used this process to exam a small bucket of of collected rainwater for normally unseen and overlooked  microbial activity. The bucket is below:

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Macroscopic View

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The unpromising bucket of rainwater

The process revealed an invisible world whose activity dwarfed that of the macroscopic life around it. All of the activity below,  was happening in a minute slice of collected rainwater just a few microns in diameter.

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 29.73 second exposure.

29.73 second exposure, 100x magnification

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 45.76 second exposure.

45.76 second exposure, 100x magnification

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 79.29 second exposure.

79.29 second exposure, 100x magnification

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 129.47 second exposure.

129.47 second exposure. 400x magnification

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 61.56 second exposure.

61.56 second exposure, 400x magnification

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 81.30 second exposure.

81.30 second exposure, 400x magnification

Taken with NightCap Pro. Light Trails mode, 52.75 second exposure.

52.75 second exposure, 400x magnification

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