This might be the one of the most fascinating marriages between science and photography just yet.
In an effort to further explore the connection between art and science, microbiologist-turned-visual artist, Zachary Copfer, has developed a rather unusual way of printing photographs.
Using what he calls, “Bacteriography”, Copfer takes his knowledge of bacteria and microbiology to develop a method that is somewhat similar to the wet plate process.
He first takes a supply of bacteria (like E. coli or S. marcescens), which he transforms with a fluorescent protein and coats a layer of the mixture into a plate. To create the “negative”, he exposes the plate to radiation with some parts blocked to form the image. From there, he can choose to let the image “grow” a bit more or seal the whole image by coating it with an acrylic layer.
Below are some examples of his work, from the My Favorite Scientist Series.