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Paleobotanical Splendor is a celebration of the pure beauty of fossilized wood. When these images are viewed collectively, they present a visual brio of colors, shapes and compositions. Individually, however, they are distinctive because their earth–tones, bi–dimensionality and geometric shapes evoke the painterly qualities normally associated with abstract and non–objective art. In the tragic beauty of life forms long extinct there is also a foreboding reminder of life’s precariousness and our own fragility. With high magnification and light refraction, recurring patterns and saturated mineral pigments are abstracted. Secret worlds are revealed, with misty pools, gem encrustations and fractured rainbows. What soon becomes apparent is the mineral components of some specimens are exceedingly colorful, and when light is diffracted by internal structures, other worldly images are formed. The images from this series are a true union of ART & SCIENCE and a reminder that extinction is a part of life.


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Norm Barker
nbarker Baltimore, Maryland USA

Norman Barker is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He also serves as Director of Pathology Photography and Graphics Laboratory at the School of Medicine. A graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art, he also holds a M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in education as well as a M.A. from The University of Baltimore in publications design. He specializes in photomicroscopy and macro photography. He is a Registered Biological Photographer as well as a Fellow of the BioCommunications Association and his work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide. His photographs are in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including The Smithsonian, The George Eastman House, The American Museum of Natural History, The Nelson-Atkins Museum and The Science Museum in London. He is currently collaborating on a book entitled “The Eye of The Beholder: Exploring The Aesthetics of Medicine.”

Fecha de publicación  19 de febrero de 2011

Dimensiones  Apaisado grande  120 páginas   Papel premium, acabado satinado

Categoría  Fotografía artística

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frankLavelle dice

Thanks, beautiful work.

publicado 22 de feb. a las 12:19 PST


aussie7388 dice

I am absolutely overwhelmed by the magnificent images within this book.There are many photographers around today messing with photoshop to create beauty, but you have created a "ballet of beauty" using the truth of nature.Thanks so much for sharing.

publicado 20 de feb. a las 16:15 PST


frankLavelle dice

Great cover, Norm. How about a preview?

publicado 19 de feb. a las 14:58 PST


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