The irony of the Small is Beautiful concept is that it effectively inverts the strategy I will deploy in Nanocosmos, namely bringing subjects that are incredibly small to quite large scales. The dragonfly wings image, for example, will eventually print at circa 70" wide.
Effectively I'm continuing with the idea of utilising technologies created for scientific research purposes and "detourning" them for purposes of aesthetic exploration and expression.
- Michael Benson on his new body of work Nanocosmos, which relies on scanning electron microscope technologies (SEM). All subjects are samples that have been prepared in a laboratory using a critical-point drying technique, then coated in a molecules-thin layer of platinum or another metal, and finally placed in the SEM's vacuum chamber for scanning.
Digital chromogenic print, scanning electron micrograph, edition of 4