Crystal Growing

Crystal Growing

Sonia Levy

Using time-lapse photography, crystallisation becomes a process visible for the human eye. Submersed in their mother-liquor, tiny crystals emerge as seeds, developing and extending in every direction. A stone is used as base for chemical compounds to…


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Using time-lapse photography, crystallisation becomes a process visible for the human eye. Submersed in their mother-liquor, tiny crystals emerge as seeds, developing and extending in every direction. A stone is used as base for chemical compounds to clutch and crystallise. The process at work is the same as the one happening in the earth crust when, for example, quartz is formed but at much lower temperature and pressure.

Film series (Excerpt), HD, 2011

« One may treat the same crystal, as both terrestrial and aerial.[…] At one pole we see the dreaming soul take interest in something immense and beautiful, especially in something familiar such as the blue sky, the infinite sea, the forest primeval―an abstract forest so grand, so dissolved in mysterious unity that individual trees are no longer visible―or the starry night, so vast and so resplendent in its starlight that likewise, no single star can be made out. At the other pole we see the dreaming soul take interest in something exceptionally beautiful, in a beauty that takes it by surprise. In this case the marvelous image has not the grandeur of a world but a beauty to held in the palm of one’s hand. »
— Gaston Bachelard, Earth and Reveries Of Will : An Essay On The Imagination Of Matter

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