TOKYO-2020 Science / Medicine

Pathology Atlas

  • Prize
    Silver in Science/Other, Gold in Science/Medicine, 1st Place winner in Science
  • Photographer
    Oltea Sampetrean
  • Photo Date

Certain shapes and patterns can be found across diverse species in the animal and vegetal world. This series uses close-ups and macro photography of food to explore patterns which resemble human organs or tissue, in their physiological or pathological state. For instance, a broken stalk of celery can illustrate a bone fracture, while the texture of bread resembles the osteoporotic bone.

Amateur photographer based in Tokyo, using artistic photography to explore universal patterns in nature. Visualizing structures and forms that transcend species, time and physical reality helps me interrogate transiency and permanence, frailness and robustness, and find fundamental beauty in everyday life.