Photos of the Day: Microscopic Look at the Chemical Compound of Various Drugs

Whether legal or illegal, drugs come in all different shapes and sizes including small painkiller pills, liquid cough syrup, and everything in between. The solid forms are easy to see with the naked eye but, artist Sarah Schönfeld wondered how the substances might look when they were broken down to a more basic level.

Posing the questions, What would all of these substances actually look like when their essence is visually depicted?, she took drops of various drugs and squeezed them onto negative film that had already been exposed.

In reaction with the film coating, the chemicals grew and expanded into amorphous shapes and vibrant colors that produced wonderfully abstract photographs, a series called All You Can Feel. She explains, “The shapes and colors that appeared showed unique characteristics and revealed unique internal universes.”

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