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Amazing Photography Science

An Extraordinary Time-Lapse Captures the Microscopic Development of a Single Cell into a Newt

February 7, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

In Becoming, a time-lapse film by Jan van IJken (previously), a single cell splits. Then it splits again, and again, and again, morphing and quivering as new quadrants continually appear and divide. The cell belongs to an alpine newt, and during most of its transition from a single cell zygote to hatched larva it looks remarkably like a sunny-side up egg. The film’s rapid timeline condenses four weeks of growth into six minutes, presenting a speedy and awe-inspiring glimpse at how we all begin.

“I wanted to capture the origin of life,” van IJken tells Colossal. “What is particularly interesting I think, is that the basics of embryonic development are the same for all animals, including us. I think the way we develop is a true miracle. In my film you can see individual cells move to the place where they belong in the embryo. How is this possible? It is all managed by a precise internal clockwork in each individual cell.”

Van IJken used time-lapse photography and video in combination with a trinocular microscope to precisely observe the details of the newt’s development. You can view more of his work, including a trailer for his first film Facing Animals, on Vimeo.

 

 

 



Amazing

The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)

June 23, 2013

Christopher Jobson

jellybeans

In a poignant new video, online performance artist Ze Frank physically illustrates how most people spend the majority of their life using jelly beans to delineate time. Starting with 28,835 beans representing days of the average human lifespan he slowly subtracts the time spent sleeping, working, eating, and commuting to arrive at a much smaller square by proportion that represents our “free” time that suddenly puts things in stark perspective. Hopefully some of those working, cooking, and caring days are just as fulfilling as the days you have left to fill with fun, art, and adventure.

 

 



Amazing

The Beauty of One Second

November 27, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A wonderful collection of one second video clips from the first round of the Beauty of a Second short film competition run by Leo Burnett Milan to promote the Montblanc luxury chronograph. Every once in a while viral marketers get things right, and this is one of those times. (via vimeo)

 

 



Photography

Andreas Smaaland

September 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Another wonderful discovery from the Colossal curatorial contest, the photography of Andreas Smaaland whose stark imagery is unlike anything I’ve see before. Thanks to Hilde for the submission!

 

 



Art

Bernardí Roig

July 13, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Bernardí Roig is an artist from Mallorca, Spain who explores concepts of loneliness, death, and immortality with his surreal light sculptures. Roig frequently uses a portly white figure made of polyester resin who is seen interacting with fluorescent lights, sometimes staring at it with a childlike curiosity, while in other installations appearing to be violently blinded. The lights are also used as an encumbrance, a bright weighted burden carried through the gallery space. See more at Claire Oliver. Photos here courtesy Rafael Feliu de Cabrera, Claire Oliver, Mavi Mezquita, and Rafa Lopez. (via collabcubed)

 

 



Documentary Photography

Martin Wunderwald

April 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Just happened upon the photographs of Martin Wunderwald out of Dresden, Germany. See more of his work here.