The Photography of David Maisel–One Shot Wednesday

Microscopic Rainbow

Image by ssoosay via Flickr

The Photography of David Maisel

Microscopic photos of
blood samples, or so you suppose.
Red corpuscles, lymphocytes,
a few eosinophils,

macrophages swallowing
alizarin crimson slides
beneath a lens.

Deceptive art, Maisel,
aerial photographer of
Great Salt Lake.
Pollution, masquerade.

David Maisel is an aerial photographer from California. His work often highlights environmental concerns, such as the pollution of the Great Salt Lake in Utah or Owens Lake in Central California. Viewed at a distance, it is easy to see it as a piece of abstract art. Microscopically, you might think of it as a cross-section of a slide of tissue or blood samples. When he exhibited at the Nevada Museum of Art, it offered us an opportunity for incorporating math, science and environmentalism along with principles and elements of design as we toured children through the exhibit. Because of copyright issues, I won’t feature any of his art in this post, but I encourage you to check him out on the Internet. 

I’m linking this to One Shot Wednesday:


13 thoughts on “The Photography of David Maisel–One Shot Wednesday

  1. Olivia says:

    The image n the words are very well complemented!
    The choice of words is so apt..

    Hugs xx

    This is where I do my poetry!


  2. Carl says:

    I enjoyed your piece quite a bit. It occurs to me how much i depend on sound when I’m reading poetry because I could not sound out a couple of the words. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the way the piece pulled me into the idea the truths of microscopic being comparable to those of the macro. Interesting!


  3. vnesdoly says:

    Such an interesting interpretation of the photo – loved it! Aren’t those medical words lovely and tongue-twisty?


  4. Bodhirose says:

    Very cool–your poem and the artist’s concept. I’m going to go Google him. Thanks, Victoria.


    • Bodhirose says:

      The Mining Project photos were otherworldly and I was fascinated with the canisters that held the cremated remains of psychiatric patients and their “blooming minerals”!

      Thanks for sharing.


  5. Kavita says:

    Your words and that amazing picture seem to complement each other beautifully! The words lent solidarity to the abstract nature of the picture.. and vice versa…
    Just TOO TOOO GOOD!!


  6. souldipper says:

    A fabulous parallel between our planet and our bodies.

    Also, thank you for this intro to David Maisel. The cremation cannisters fill me with awe. I saw the ashes of ancient masters of Tibet – with all their gem-like remnants. Those were such a marvel to me and these cannisters equally add to my amazement.


  7. brian says:

    wow your last stanza puts quite a turn on this…nicely played


  8. jgavinallan says:

    Incredible picture…for incredible emotion.
    Medical or science always scares me. So, put me down as the first person frightened by the work…lol



  9. C Rose says:

    Great prompt piece, I enjoyed how poetic you made such clinical language sound. The imagery is amazing as well. ~ Rose


  10. HisFireFly says:

    I enjoyed the picture and your words – perfect fit – micro beauty


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