Saturday, 28 July 2012

A message obscured: An ancient ecology of lichens on a gravestone. As if time itself had crystalized onto the stone and obscured a poignant human message.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

A Glyph for a Brief Life. This glyph mysteriously appeared within a thin layer of grime on my office window. I think it was made by a nemotode, a microscopic worm, that had somehow gotten onto the window (from a fly perhaps), tried to find better circumstances, but died in the process (from dehydration). A poignant reminder of microscopic life.     

Thursday, 12 July 2012

The Exemplary Life of Soil: Even the most urban of our environments harbour soil.  It might be found in a garden, a park, a flower pot, or even as a small accumulation in the crack between paving stones. In any of these cases it harbours a massively complex community of bacteria that underpins all else that grows upon it. I’ve developed a process that allows the bacterial community that resides in soil to emerge from it and become visible. These are spots of soil taken from an urban journey visualized using this process.  

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

PhotoCulture: Whenever we modify our environment for our own purposes we unwittingly provide opportunities for microbial life. In an otherwise dark cave, an electric light which allows us to see, also happens to support a thriving photosynthetic community of microbes and plants. 

AquaCulture: We adapt the environment for our own purposes and in the process unwittingly provide opportunities for microbes. A large manmade body of water, Usk Reservoir provides an environment for toxigenic blue/green algae and Leptospira interrogans (the causative agent of Weil's Disease or Leptospirosis to flourish).