Photosynthetic Photography

Art is science. Science is art.

Most people assume that practical courses such as arts and communications and theoretical courses like science are not meant to overlap, that one subject could do without the other. The notion, however, is ought to be disapprove, for these two subjects have come a long way, their matter evolving since the origins of the earliest civilization and, subsequently, meeting in different forms, an example being a type of photography called: Chlorophyll Print or Photosynthetic Photography.

The chlorophyll process is an organic alternative photography process that uses prints and bleaching them by sunlight directly onto the surface of leaves using a  film or paper record of a scene (aka: positive). By placing a "canvas" of grass in a darkroom and shining light on it that first passes through a film negative, artist/scientists have been able to tweak the chlorophyll levels of blades of grass and create living photographs. This type of photography is by no means a new technique, but it had gone through developing stages.

The Chlorophyll Process were first defined by the British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, though, in a slightly different procedure from what people use today. Ackroyd and Harvey developed a method of projecting an image onto grass using a negative (an image, strip or sheet of transparent plastic film) and light cast by a projector bulb. The range of contrast of the negative denied or allowed light to reach certain areas of the grass surface resulting in the bleaching of the light deprived areas.
Artist Tiffany Pereira explains that we can understand how light bleaches an object at the atomic level. Pigments, she says, can be bleached by the colors of its compliment. When light hits an atom, electrons absorb energy of specific wavelengths exciting them to a higher energy state. The atoms quickly fall back down to the previous state, emitting a photon of light equal to that being absorbed, resulting in...