This Is What Cake Sprinkles Look Like Magnified 65 Times

mum was wrong all along — playing with your food can actually make really neat pictures.

The images below were produced by Caren Alpert, a San-Francisco-based artist who has turned her passion for food, science, and photography into a project titled terra cibus.

Focusing on everyday foods like chocolate cake, blueberries, and table salt, Alpert uses scientific laboratory equipment to capture her subjects at a microscopic level. The purpose, she explains in her artist statement, is to “empower viewers to reconsider how they think about their food.”

It certainly has us pondering how much less tempting an assortment of colourful tiny candies looks under the lens rather than dusted over a fluffy baked good.

Take a look and tell us what you think. The first image is a photo of cake sprinkles magnified 65 times. The second one is a shrimp tail magnified 230 times. You can view the full gallery of magnifed foods at Caren Alpert Fine Art.

terra cibus no.12: cake sprinkles (65x Magnification)

Cake Sprinkles

Photo: Caren Alpert Fine Art

terra cibus no.32: shrimp tail (230x Magnification)

Shrimp Tail

Photo: Caren Alpert Fine Art

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