The Magical World of Microscopic Food

How a "bio artist" captures extraordinary images of everyday edibles.

Under the lens of her microscope, Steph Mantis captures celestial-like images of objects such as drops of honey, or the texture-rich edge of an onion skin. Mantis is a self-described "bio artist," and she uses the tools of science to reveal the microscopic world of food. She describes her art as reframing the mundane and everyday, as well as a means of connecting people through food. She purposefully leaves her works untitled in order to maintain an element of wonder.

In the video above, Atlas Obscura gets a close-up look at Mantis's artistic process.

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