Honorable Mention TOKYO-2020 Science / Medicine

Oxygen Ib

  • Photographer
    Yas Crawford
  • Technical Info
    Archival Scanning Electron Micrograph Of Cells (analogue) And A Digital Overlay, Canon 6d
  • Photo Date
    August 2019

'Oxygen Ib', is a representation of the cellular damage caused by exercise, post-exertional malaise in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis sufferers (or Chronic fatigue Syndrome). Through an exploration of perspective, complexity and scientific investigation I create imagery that reveals, explains and connects us consciously to the ambiguous and unknown. The mapped landscape revealed in the images acts as a vessel to transport the science in a certain time and place.

I was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales where the geological landscape and biological make-up of the area have subliminally influenced my work. I’ve worked as a scientist, entrepreneur and an artist. And I’m now working in what I called the 'Grey Space' in-between those disciplines. The science – and understanding the science – is key. The science supports the project and the art steps in to explain the emotion, ambiguity and the unknown. Using digital, analogue photography, video and cameraless experiments, the work has naturally developed in a fine art form.