My First Microscopic Experience

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Last November I was in a video class and thought it would be interesting to get microscopic footage for a piece I was working on. I packed up my stuff and made my way to the life science building at VCU. When I got there, all I saw were empty classrooms or people busy in their offices. I knocked on several doors and got some strange looks when I told them “Hi! I am an art student looking for a microscope, can you help me find one?”… How embarrassing now that I think of it! Finally, I came to one tiny room with a guy and his microscope. He looked down at my bag of stuff (loaded with lots of random things like a dirt, dandelion, kiwi, strawberries, salad dressing, grass, bark, etc.) and surprisingly agreed to letting me use his microscope. That day, the microscopic world became a reality to me. I was enthralled and this is what I found.

Strawberry Strawberry

seed_01 pepper_01microscopic pond worm ostracod_01 kiwi_02 kiwi_01 feather_02 feather_01 flower_02 flower_01 moss_02 moss_01

After seeing such beautiful microscopic life with my own eyes, I couldn’t help but worship God for creating these sculptures. Everything inside of me was in awe and I just had to praise Him for making it. Everything is so unique when you look at it closely; in texture, color, hair, shape, pattern, density… It all looks as though it were planned and thought out to come into a complete working pattern. To see something so aesthetically pleasing, it astounds me…but then it MOVES and is engineered to a perfect rhythm, and exists on the earth for a specific reason. I can’t imagine not being able to see God in this beautiful creation and praise him for it. This verse has always summed that up well for me:

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

After my first microscopic experience in the VCU science building, I thought how wonderful it would be to have my very own microscope… Somewhere I could access this new view of reality right from my apartment! A few weeks later, I opened an email announcing the deadline for VCU undergraduate research grants. I knew the next step in getting my microscope :)

Here is the final video I made from that footage: