By Camille Augustin–

By blending the two worlds of science and photography, artist and photographer Caren Alpert creates a different medium of art that transforms how we view images. Caren uses a “scanning electron microscope” (SEM) to capture shots of various foods.

As stated on Caren’s website, the use of a SEM “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.”


More specifically, what’s known as a, “raster scan pattern,” or the horizontal movement of light beams in a steady left-to-right rhythm, allows foodies to get up close and personal with what they are consuming.

Beginning October 3, 2012, Caren will be featured in the exhibit “The Ecology of Food: Past, Present, Future” at the State University of New York’s Lederer Gallery in Geneseo, NY.