Rob Kesseler‘s first love was ceramics. Now, his most recent infatuation is with the scanning electron microscope. I think there’s something poetic in how he first began working in what has to be one of the earliest, most primitive forms of art – with the exception of cave painting – and moved on to one of the most technically advanced imaging instrument known to man. And although the medium has changed, the subject remains the same. Kesseler has always been fascinated with the fine line between art and science, and how collaboration can be beneficial to both parties.
In pursuit of that line, Kesseler has spent the last decade working as a fellow at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, photographing microscopic plant specimens including seeds, pollen, leaves and fruit. It’s a bit of a guessing game what the subject of each of these images are – some look more like amoeba than plants – so we’ll just have to take his word for it.