Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life. E.O. Wilson, 1984

11 Apr 2012


My eyes are fixed down two tunnels of darkness, searching to find signs of life. After weeks of preparation, of tedious training, my tutors have unleashed me on the light machine, so that I may gaze at what others can only dream of. With a shift of my hand, I reveal a constellation of blue stars, an astral cloud. Who would have though that the fat cells of an ant larvae could be so beautiful. By highlighting the nuclei of cells with a fluorescent compound, we escape the boundaries of human perception to reveal a depth beyond our understanding. Whilst these images will help me to unravel the complex evolutionary history of caste divisions in a Madagascan species of ant, their contemplation takes us to distant galaxies.