Wanting to capture microscopic elements in food, photographer Caren Alpert turned to an electron microscope in her latest project.
Called Terra Cibus, her photographs take us on an up close food adventure where we discover shrimp tails actually have feathers and the curves of star anise resemble a volcano.
Before they could be put under the electron microscope and photographed, the foods needed to be dehydrated and coated with different metals. It's a process that took anywhere from two to six weeks. The results are simply jaw dropping.
''Photographs taken with electron microscopes have seized my interest because of their mystery and simultaneous familiarity. This medium deconstructs, abstracts, and reveals the ordinary in a riveting way. The closer the lens got, the more I saw food - and consumers of food - as part of a larger eco-system,'' Alpert said in her blog.
You can find more of Alpert's amazing work on her website.