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Using an electron microscope, photographer Caren Alpert shot these incredible images of food magnified to reveal details you’d never believe were hidden in such common edible items.  (above chocolate cake)

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cake sprinkles

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table salt

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pineapple leaf

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almond

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fortune cookie

 

My Life with Science, Art and Food



What’s in our food?

What’s the difference between a bird’s-eye view of a remote vegetable crop and a microscopic swath from a pineapple leaf? How distinct is a pile of table salt from miles and miles of icebergs?

As a food lover and a photographer I answer these questions visually. Using scientific laboratory photo equipment, I journey over the surfaces of both organic and processed foods: my own favorites and America’s over-indulgences. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food and consumers of food (all of us!) as part of a larger eco-system than mere sustenance.

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Lifesaver

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passionfruit

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raisin

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shrimp tail

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star anise

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dried tomato

 

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