Microscopy for fun.
The vast majority of microphotographs are generated from a scientific/engineering viewpoint. Fortunately, microscopy is increasingly being used as normal photographic cameras by creative people that enrich our understanding of things (in the same way photography does it). We have been very lucky to work with artists, musicians, designers and architects in collaborative projects that have let us explore different uses of microscopes All our images here
Low Cost and Open Source Microscopes:
Open hardware has facilitated the fabrication of low cost microscopes (e.g. OpenScope, WaterScope-OpenFlexure, FlyPI, FoldScope, OneDollar Scope, Hackteria, J. Pearce´s scope). With the aim of promoting these technologies in Chile and Argentina, we are working on the construction of a low cost imaging system based on open hardware, easy-to-use genetic resources, long stoke shift fluorescent proteins and python/jupyter for hardware control and data analysis (article here and all data at OSF). The project is funded by OpenPlant Open Technologies Grant and Fondecyt.
We hope these instruments will contribute to the development of low cost teaching resources for high schools, DIYbio labs and biohacking spaces.
Our work with microscopes has been awarded by international contests such as Nikon Small World, Wellcome Trust Image Awards and Olympus Bioscapes, and featured on several places such as BBC news, WIRED Magazine and Gizmodo, among many others. All thanks to the support and guidance from Jim Haseloff,
Palacio La Moneda – Chile
Universidad de Cambridge – UK.