Can you guess what food this is? Read the story for the answer.
The Missouri Botanical Garden will host the work of acclaimed photographer Caren Alpert during the "Terra Cibus" exhibit Sept. 6 through Nov. 22.
The San Francisco-based fine art and commercial photographer combines her love for photography, food and art in photos taken with an electron microscope. Alpert captures the microscopic, almost other-worldly surfaces of common foods such as Oreo cookies, shrimp, leaves and candy, turning what might normally be a scientific endeavor into fine art. The picture that accompanies this story was taken of a pineapple.
The exhibit assists in bringing attention to the International Year of Food and the garden's "Foodology: Dig In" theme for 2013.
"Photographs taken with electron microscopes have seized my interest because of their mystery and simultaneous familiarity. This medium deconstructs, abstracts, and reveals the ordinary in a riveting way. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food - and consumers of food - as part of a larger eco-system," Alpert aid.
The exhibit will be shown in Monsanto Hall of the Ridgway Center and is included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission ($8 for adults and free for children 12 and under). St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon.