Crystalline Gardens

Better Photography|June 2020

Crystalline Gardens
Yogendra Joshi finds great joy in sharing all that he learns. Here, he speaks to us about his experiments with photographing crystals through polarised light.
Tanvi Dhulia

Since its invention, polarised light microscopy has helped identify numerous substances in biological research and forensic science. Many photographers have used this method to create fantastical macro images, and there is a wealth of knowledge today that is making this form of image-making more accessible to those who are keen to explore.

My Perspective

Last year, I came across some mesmerising images submitted to a microscope photography competition and wanted to capture similar patterns and intense colours. In January this year, I began to pursue this project in earnest. When I first started, I had very little idea of what I was doing, but decided to just keep experimenting until I was satisfied with the results.

My Assignment


Making abstract images of crystals through polarised light.



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June 2020