Over the past few weeks, I have been taking pictures of rocks. Hundreds of pictures of rocks. I often take two or three dozens photos of a single rock, photographing it from every angle before cutting it or crushing it. Then, I photograph the pieces before I pulverize or sub-sample them further for chemical analysis.
I am photographing these rocks for science. I focus on the features of the rocks I am trying to record. Yet, however scientific my photography, I am realizing that there is also an element of art. I sometimes stop and angle a rock up just a little more… or I center it better in the frame of the camera. There is no scientific reason why I need to make these small, aesthetic adjustments. They just make the photographs look a little better, which I guess adds an element of art to my science.
Some of my rock photos are visually quite stunning. I am no photographer, so the credit goes to the beautiful rocks. I thought I would share a few of my favorite recent photographs. These are all rocks from Oman. Some of them are real lookers… though maybe I just think so because I am fond of rocks. In any case, I hope you enjoy!