Decaying plants captured with a Scanning Electron Microscope by Tomoya Matsuura

In his series ‘Withered plant’, japanese artist Tomoya Matsuura uses a Scanning Electron Microscope to capture the beauty of decaying botanical life. It is only possible to capture the extremely fine and delicate structures of the forms, because this microscope has a higher resolution than an optical microscope, revealing the vibrancy and a variety of expressions that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Matsuura explains :

‘Within the natural world that we experience every day, every single tiny plant also contains the grandness of nature, and goes from life to death in a repeating cycle. Living things all end their lives, but that is not the end of everything. It is also the beginning of the transformation of that life energy into something new. Everything, including humans, exists in connection to everything else.’

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© Tomoya Matsuura