Photographer Grows Organic Photos From Algae

Aug 7, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Photographer Grows Organic Photos From Algae

Aug 7, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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Last week we shared a story about a photographer that employs a pretty unique process to her film. (Spoiler alert: she pees on them.) Now we meet a french photographer that uses an even more eclectic method to create his images. Rather than using chemicals and paper or a digital darkroom, Lia Giraud grows his photos using light sensitive micro-organisms as part of his Cultures project.

Using a process he dubs algae-graphy, Giraurd places petri dishes that have micro-algae and a chemical nutrient base on them into a wooden box which he uses to “expose” the images. To do this, he projects a picture onto the dishes and, over the course of four days, the cells react to the light and form the image.

Here is what his setup looks like:

The setup used to create the "algaegraphs" grows an image in 4 days.
The setup used to create the “algaegraphs” is able to grow an image in 4 days.

They are created by micro-organisms able to capture the light and “develop” pictures on a similar principle to classic photography. Upsetting the definition of “still image” usually given photography, the algae-graphs are mobile, autonomous, organic …”

[ Lia Giraurd via Make ]

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