AKE AWAY THE CONCEPT OF SCALE, and how di=erent is a bird’s-eye view of a vegetable crop from a
magnified sliver of pineapple leaf? Folded valleys from the creases of a raisin?
I’ve made a living over the last decade capturing mostly recognizable images of food. Now, by taking
photographs with an electron microscope, I have shifted my attention to what we never actually see: the hidden
landscapes, patterns, and textures of what we eat. These images are simultaneously mysterious and familiar, deconstructing,
abstracting, and revealing the ordinary from an extraordinary perspective. With each food, whether processed or organic,
I am a visitor in another place. And the closer the lens gets, the more I see food — and consumers of food—as part of a
larger, complex ecosystem. — C. A.
terra cibus no. 21: raisin, 35x magnification