I'm Karl, a scientific photographic artist from Dublin. Having undertook university degrees in physics, life sciences and microscopy I combine my love for science, nature and photography by creating photographic art from chemicals and collections from the natural world.
A fusion of art and science, my chemical work reveals works of art that manifests during the self-organisation of molecules during crystallisation. The photographs reveal an order in the crystals that can only be revealed through polarisation microscopy.
"Nature is the artist, I am just her photographer. I supply her with the ingredients and she weaves them together into the most wonderful forms. We try to understand how she does this through the language of Science, thus, I call this facet of my work, “The Art of Physics & Chemistry”.
The chemical artwork is made in the laboratory and involves the experimental synthesis of chemicals and subsequent crystallisation methods of them in order to photograph using photomicrographic techniques.
One of the things that inspires me to create chemical art work is the occasional thrilling discovery of a pattern that I have never seen before. Looking through the binoculars of the microscope, you witness before your eyes, the sporadic unfolding crystalising formations, in an otherwise transparent soup of chemicals. Sometimes, the formations that evolve are visually stunning, resembling forests, knotted vines or colourful flower gardens or complicated geometrical organisations. It really blows your mind! On witnessing such events, it’s easy to recognise how nature is written in the language of physics and mathematics – these crystalline formations are beautiful examples of thermodynamics in action whilst their constitutes are governed by the erratic symphonies of quantum mechanics!
Limited Edition Art Prints
My prints are made to the highest quality on Hahnemühle Photo Rag® and can be made to various sizes with either a white or black bored. The black is quite delicate so requires fragility when handling, but does make the colours appear more vibrant on the page. Please contact me for print size availability and corresponding price.
Calendar for 2023
I am planning to publish a calendar for 2023 with my chemical artworks, 20 x 20cm in size. If you would like to buy one please feel free to contact me.
Portfolio Book in Progress
Finally, I have finished my portfolio book of chemical art, art which I made throughout the pandemic lockdown. If you are interesting in buying a copy at cost price please do not hesitate to contact me. The spread of the book will measure 48 x 20cm and will be filled with glossy photographs.
The BioCommunications Association, or BCA, is an international professional association of people working in the biological communications field. BCA wants to assist you in maximizing your success using images to communicate. With educational resources, programs, materials and a network of colleagues able to offer advice and support, BCA is equipped to address your professional needs. If you are concerned with effective visual communication in the life sciences and medicine, there is a place for you in the BCA.
The BioCommunications Association is dedicated to enhancing the professional competency of its members and advancing the profession by educating and developing creators and users of visual communication media in the life sciences and medicine.
Olympus Life Science 2022 Calendar
Throughout the Spring and Summer months of 2022 I worked on producing all of the imagery for the Olympus Life Science 2022 calendar using their brand new range of X Line objectives. Thoudands of images were rounded down to just fourteen, two of which shown here make the calendar cover and the background to my profile on the inside cover.
Wall Art & Commercial Licensing
I can do many different kinds of commissions made to award-winning caliber, for example, product photography such as alcohols and pharmaceuticals, covers for books and general microscopy imagery for publications.
If you are interested in buying a print of any size, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can view a selection of my chemical art works on the 'Artworks' page. Th art works are created by crystallising chemicals and photographing them using the microscope. The photographs are printed to the highest quality with the option of a white, black background.
I also accept commissions for larger custom artworks if you have something specific in mind. For more information, you can contact me through the contact form.