If developing and printing photographs is a foreign process to many shutterbugs of the digital age, then one photographer’s “bacteriography” technique will seem downright unimaginable. Like a true Renaissance man, Zachary Copfer—a self-proclaimed microbiologist masquerading as an artist”—has developed a process for printing photographs that blends the fields of art and science in a decidedly da Vinci-esque manner.
Copfer’s bacteriography mimics in some ways traditional darkroom photography— and, as PetaPixel points out, is also similar to the Collodion photographic process of the mid-19th Century—except that, as Copfer puts it, “the enlarger has been replaced by a radiation source and instead of photographic paper this process uses a petri dish coated with a living bacterial emulsion.” You know, just makin’ photos with bacteria. NBD.
Check out Copfer’s bacteriographs over at his website, including the especially impressive series called “My Favorite Scientists.” Of course, among those who’ve inspired him is Leonardo da Vinci himself.
photo: Leonardo da Vinci Bacteria (Serratia marcescens), Nutrient Agar, Petri Dish by Zachary Copfer