by Perry Michael Simon on February 24, 2011
Wellcome Images is a London-based (and online) collection of photos of the sciences, covering everything from genetics to surgery to disease. The images are, in essence, art based on scientific imaging, like microscopic images of embryos and bacteria and body parts and other things that take on a certain beauty when scanned and digitized and magnified and illuminated.
This year’s winners include pyramidal neurons that look like a multicolored forest of denuded trees in a Tim Burton nightmare, proteins in a thale cress seedling stem that has a kind of twisted mesh look to it, a mouse retina that looks like a black-light poster you’d have bought at Spencer Gifts in the mall in 1972, moth wing scales that look like an otherworldly plant, and more. There’s even a surgical room scene that doesn’t resemble any operating room I’ve experienced, but, then, I’ve never had an operation while bathed in eerie fluorescent colors, not that I was aware of, anyway.
Here are a couple of videos from The Guardian showing how some of the images were made: