TOKYO-2020 Science / Other


  • Prize
    Gold in Science/Other, 1st Place winner in Science
  • Photographer
    Ela Kurowska
  • Agency / Studio
  • Technical Info
    Macro Compositions From Photoelastic Gels And Organic Materials Captured In Polarized Light
  • Photo Date

In the series Viveria, I explore elemental properties of life by combining photography with science. Using photoelastic gels and cross-polarized light, I build and capture biomorphic abstractions that resemble otherworldly life made of light and colors. Interpreted as microscopic or perhaps macroscopic, the images depict the awe-inspiring, universal vitality of life.

Ela Kurowska is an artist photographer and a biochemist. In her artwork she utilizes her science background to visualize overpowering forces that compel the natural world to develop life from the amorphous organic matter. To create her images, she employs an original technique which combines elements of photography, biochemistry and material science. She started her photography project Light Forms in 2013. Since then her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and many of her images have won prestigious awards.