Chocolate Cake and Other Foods at 320X Magnification

July 20, 2011

Caren Alpert is an exceptionally talented fine artist whose latest project entails magnifying food under an electron microscope until it's almost unrecognizable. The photo above, for example, shows chocolate cake at 320x magnification.

"The closer the lens got, the more I saw food and consumers of food (all of us!) as part of a larger ecosystem than mere sustenance," Alpert writes in her artist statement. Can you guess what the image below is? (Answer beneath.)

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It's a pineapple leaf at 85x magnification! See Caren Alpert's site at the link below for more from her series.

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Ali's picture

This is amazing! I followed the link and was surprised to see "feathers" in a shrimp :)