The potential of tiny organisms captured in award-winning microscopic images.

A unique collection of images of the world’s most important microorganism: algae. Algae perform photosynthesis and create oxygen in our atmosphere and without them we wouldn’t even have existed. In Algae Exposed they are captured by combining old optical instruments with modern digital techniques.

Using microscope techniques, Wim van Egmond has spent almost 30 years portraying microorganisms. People tend to know the algae by name, but have little to no knowledge of what they really are or look like. They can be as different from each other as plants and animals, but all of them share a common and very important quality, as they perform photosynthesis and create oxygen in our atmosphere. Without them we wouldn’t even have existed.

By combining old optical instruments with modern digital techniques, Wim van Egmond constructs special installations to capture microscopic organisms – often in a way that was not possible before. The final product cannot be predicted since direction of the artistic process is only partly deliberate and can be seen as the result of techniques evolved and refined over the years.

In the installation films are projected from inside two open sea containers onto a transparent screen such that the spectators see a diptych with an endlessly changing combination of microscope images of moving algae.

About Wim van Egmond

Wim van Egmond, born in Den Haag 1966, has worked in Bacinol 2 in Delft since 2020. He studied painting and photography at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Rotterdam. Since then he specialised in photography through the microscope with the aim to promote micro life. His work can be viewed without any prior knowledge to microorganisms and the installation can be observed as a colourful moving water color painting.

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