Since 2011, retired computer programmer Carol Roullard has been taking photos of crystals and other objects under a microscope. The above image, which she tweeted earlier this month, is a photo of a thin section of a meteorite. Roullard took the image using polarized light and a 10x objective.
The artist was interested in science from a young age. “Even though I changed my plans and went into a career in computer programming, I continued to read about science-related stories and visit art galleries. I was able to return to science and art once I retired,” she tells Art the Science.
Roullard grows many of the crystals she photographs herself. Her images of vanilla, urea, and hydroquinone crystals often resemble other parts of nature, such as feathers, waves, or landscapes. Other pieces are more abstract. “I’m inspired by color, shapes, lines and curves. They hold emotion and an intrigue. I search for images that give me a powerful positive feeling,” she tells The Scientist in an email.