Whether a rock is from India, Antarctica, the Alps, Lipari, Canada, Madagascar or from Veneto, their different histories is not really very important. Rocks all share the general attribute of concealing an unobserved world. Professor Bernardo Cesare calls it micROCKScopica, that “along with an exciting geological history, every piece of rock hides an universe of colors and shapes, that can be disclosed with a microscope and utilizing polarized light.”
This collection by Cesare, uncovers their unseen beauty, through the pictures of thin films of rock that show the exquisite elegance and grace inside common stones. The pictures show both the geometry and meticulous order of crystal formation, and the pandemonium and unpredictability that distinguishes the natural processes of development and evolution of the Earth. An analysis of the pictures will reveal a dominance of repeating geometric patterns or arbitrary distributions of faintly hued areas.
These photomicrographs of rocks by Cesare are fascinating, not only because of their strange appearances and visual richness, but also because they exude an enigmatic aura, suggesting to an observer all sorts of imaginative guesses as to what they really represent.
Cesare however explains what they exactly are in his page, saying,
“These macro and micro photographs depict a gemstone, a variety of jasper called Ocean Jasper, found only in Madagascar. Scientifically speaking its origin hasn’t been investigated extensively, so that the way it acquired its beauty and its peculiar features – starting from a quite ordinary volcanic rock – is far from being known. Ocean Jasper has become a fairly collectible stones for lapidary, as its mines are either out of production, or located below sea level.”
You can explore this phenomenon and professor Cesare’s work in his website.