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Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

Photography and film can seize extraordinary moments and captivate the eyes, making us see things in new ways.

These projects both involve photographic processes that use high resolution imaging to capture detailed magnified pictures that offer a splendid look into some of the world’s natural wonders.

National Geographic has released a series titled Mysteries of the Unseen World. It is a gallery of incredible imagery that shows just how wondrous and complex nature is.

Many of the photographs are shot with processes that capture the images faster than our vision can actually see them, called electron microscopy. The details and depth of the images in the series are unbelievable.

Plants, like this moss, are shown with such magnification that they are unrecognizable.

Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

From close-ups like the skin on a tiny flea to a kernel of corn, pictures of creatures and plant life are seized and amplified. This image reveals tiny grains of pollen on a spider’s skin.

Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

Also, photographs observing natural processes and human systems, like the inside of the intestinal tract, are presented. This shot captures a parasitic invader and an immune cell.

Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

Even ways of seeing things differently than the human vision process allows us to see, like the pollen spores on a geranium, are revealed with intricate details.

Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

It is a truly amazing account of the natural world around us.

Above images are the property of National Geographic.

Yanping Wang is a photographer that also awakens the eyes with intensified visions of the seemingly ordinary. Photographing detailed pictures of seeds and plant life in a way that illustrates every feature, her impressive images show the dimension of items like wildflower seeds, bringing them to life.

Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

Image source: Yanping Wang from olympusbioscapes.com

Using a range of processes like stereomicroscopy and light reflection, the seeds are shown in a way that transforms them, making them more than what we are familiar with.

Simple Complexity: Art From Nature

Image source: Yanping Wang from olympusbioscapes.com

These projects take what we perceive as ordinary things, like spores, seeds or plants, and expose that they are so much more –  but networks of perfected elements that come together to form natural masterpieces.

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