Beautiful Microscopic Photography of the Elements

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Photographer R. Tanaka of Japan enjoys taking photos of landscapes, cats and elements from the periodic table. Through his lens and eye he captures the mystery of each element he photographs. Photos of Bismuth, Osmium and Thallum are just a few of the many elements he focuses on.

As an executive head of microphoto-studio Cat’s Glove, Tanaka focuses on a myriad of forms including photomacrography, macrophotography and photomicroscopy. He also engages in science photography, mineral and crystals photography. While his breadth of work is vast (if that word can be applied to such small work), his primary area of work is focused chiefly in organic-metallic chemistry and crystallography. Check out more of his work on his flickr or website.

(Bismuth above)

Platinum Crystals


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Monoclinic Sulfur
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Electrolytic Nickel
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Vanadium Oxidized
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Gold and Sphalerite
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Muonionalusta Meteorite
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Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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