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X-Ray Vision



Igor Siwanowicz

Three years ago, I wrote about the incredible insect photography of Igor Siwanowicz. When I checked back in on him, I discovered he’s now moved on to microscopic photography, with similarly spectacular results. He’s using a laser-scanning microscope to capture even more amazing detail than in his earlier works.

For example, the photo above is the foot of a male Acilius sulcatus (diving beetle). This complex foot is what enables the beetle to walk on water, and Siwanowicz’s new method of photography captured it in glorious living color. In addition to being a nature photographer, Siwanowicz is a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Ashburn, Virginia, which gives him access to some very exotic (and very tiny) creatures indeed.

“I first laid hands on my microscope only three years ago, when I changed fields. I used to work as a biochemist, but I decided that neurobiology was more in tune with my naturalist approach. Plus they have these cool toys: confocal laser-scanning microscopes.”

Seems like he’s having fun exploring his new world. I’m glad he’s bringing us along!

All images property of Igor Siwanowicz.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

40 thoughts on “X-Ray Vision

  1. I’m not sure that I want to look at insect parts with my morning coffee, but they are beautiful.

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  2. Really stunning! I can (almost) forget they’re “insect parts”! lol! Imagine, this whole incredible world beyond our sight, until Igor came along!

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  3. A little haunting, but nonetheless beautiful.

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  4. Love this! I want to know what all the parts are! It’s both beautiful and educational (which really appeals to my inner nerd). Thank you… again! ❤

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  5. These are just absolutely stunning–and a reminder of how endlessly complex the world is, and how little we actually see of it. Thanks for the best thing I’ll see today!

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  6. These are incredible! I love insects anyway so to be able to see such a level of detail in these stunning images is quite a treat.

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  7. This is… eye-opening. 😮 Flicked it on my FB. Amazing!

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  8. I think these would go great with hallucinogens. 😉

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  9. Man, I am CRAZY about these!!! Really gripping works! These all spark my imagination in the wildest ways.It’s almost as if they evoke thoughts of some fantasy world that is somehow rooted in reality.

    It’s amazing experiencing a life that’s right under our noses. Reality is truly spectacular stuff.


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  10. Beautiful shots! This must be fun to do! It actually makes insects seem less creepy to me.

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  11. That is incredible microscopic photography – the colours and awe-inspiring. Great post – love your blog ❤


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  13. Wow stunning shot and so cool to see them in micro thank you for sharing

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  14. such crazy images ! Love them!!

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