They say beauty is only skin deep. Deep within our cells, apparently, as Robert Marc illustrates with our newest Snappola! print. There’s a wealth of scientific data in this image that Dr. Marc’s computers will analyze, but Skin Show reminds us that the boundary between science and art is in the human experience of the image.
Skin Show by Robert Marc
About the artist
Robert Marc is a sensory biologist and imaging enthusiast. He started his career in the 1970s by creating the first chromatic cone map of the retina. Since then he has invented ever-evolving imaging tools to capture molecular snapshots of cellular communities. His work has been published in many journals including Science, Nature, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and PLoS Biology. Robert describes his artistic impulse as being: "… an eleven-year old trapped in a 60 year old body. Even since I got my first microscope I have been entranced by the beauty of small structures. And creating molecular images is like inventing new kinds of film every day. It is Calvin’s transmogrifier."
About the image
Composited from molecular images, the red, green and blue channels represent the patterns of the molecules taurine, glutathione, and glutamic acid in an ultrathin slice of skin. This molecular fingerprint exposes the different cells that are woven into the microfabric we call skin. For the techno-geeks: Image tiles were captured at a resolution of 182 nanometers/pixel with a Peltier-cooled QImaging Fast 1394 QICAM and a Surveyor montaging system on a Scan 100X100 Marzhauser stage.
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printed on 8.5′x 11″ Red River Polar Pearl Metallic
image size: 9.5″ x 5.7″
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