As as fish you might end up almost anywhere: wandering through the oceans till the end of your life, in a fish tank to be admired or as a tasty snack in, let’s say, a fish burger (did we just say that ?) However, you might consider these wonderful creatures as the talented Adam Summers does.
In order to generate this beautiful pictures Adam Summers uses colouring agents, a commonly used method for research purposes, but instead of focusing on the research outcomes alone, Summers also looks for the aesthetics that those colouring agents generate. Without too much hocus-pocus explanations Summers completes the technique with enzymes, glycerine and hydrogen peroxide in order to make the fishmeat ‘invisible’.
Trained as an engineer and mathematician Adam Summers turned to biology to satisfy a deep need to interact with nature. His research applies simple physics and engineering principles to animals to understand the evolution of complex behaviors like feeding, movement and reproduction. The images shown here are the raw material that underlies his research. He is a professor at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs and was the scientific consultant on ‘Finding Nemo’. He is obsessed with fishes and has recently come to realize that the tools and aims of science, art and poetry are more congruent than he had supposed. If you want a picture (reproduction) of such a little miracle of science, you can check out www.finartofamerica.com