Seeds Under Microscope

Kaitlyn Schwalje is a Copenhagen based designer, scientist, and storyteller whose work aims to take the untold story and push it from out of the shadows. She works on the premise that a single captivating image can be enough to engage an audience on an otherwise inaccessible topic. The surfaces of carrot, leek, and beet seeds were imaged under a scanning electron microscope in high vacuum at the University of Copenha- gen in Denmark. Behind the image is a rich and timeless story spanning continents and centuries about agricultural futures and climate change. The series gives a face to these mostly faceless collections; elevating the beauty of the seeds to more closely match the life sustaining powers they contain.

Images and words courtesy of Kaitlyn Schwalje