Abstract images; Photomicrography by Mike Dingley

For many years I have taken photographs of family, friends, holidays etc. as many of us do and this was the norm whilst I was raising a family and working at a full time job.

For many years I have taken photographs of family, friends, holidays etc. as many of us do and this was the norm whilst I was raising a family and working at a full time job.

When the pressure of making a good life eased Iwas able tostudy, as a hobby, freshwater microscopic plants that inhabit the inland freshwater ponds and lakes in Australia and this necessitated me to use high powered microscopes toobserve and draw these special plants. However, to compliment the drawings I used film cameras mounted on to my microscopes and produced thousands of black and white and colour transparency photomicrographs of these fascinating plants.

As I became more aware of other ‘photogenic’ objects when I looked down into the microscopic world I graduated towards these ‘other objects’. It wasn’t a conscious effort on my part; it just evolved until I realised that I could use microscopes to my artistic advantage. My first solo exhibition in 2008 was a result of my photomicrographic efforts and illustrated what appeared to be views of outer space. It was titled “Luminous Spacescapes.” The resulting  images were derived from crystals of a common household product. I work to the adage that if I like something I photograph it. When I work with a new microscopic object I do not normally start out with a theme in mind but sometimes a theme starts to unfold and I make this a priority until I have exhausted all possibilities. I then move on to look for other ideas. In many cases selecting different microscope specimens enables me to find a myriad of options.

Due to my love of art I have progressed from this style and am pursuing an artistic path to a more subjective and expressive form of photography based on imagined vision.I have moved on from using film and now use digital cameras in order to produce my art-oriented works. Although I mainly produce images using a 35mm-equivalent digital camera and a 100mmmacro and/or a wide anglelens I occasionally use microscopes to help me see and record microscopic views of the world and my love for microscopes therefore enables me to pursue bothphotomicrographic and normal/macro images so I have the best of 2 worlds.

Quinine-alcohol2

My images require very little digital manipulation and I mostly use the healing brush tool as I find that most of the old microscope slides that I use contain an enormous amount of dust particles and I clean them to make the composition more pleasing to the eye. The curves tool is the next most common tool that I use followed by the sharpening tool. The camera that I use to make the photomicrographs saves my images in TIFF but when I am out and about using my trusty SLR camera I always shoot RAW and perform some enhancements before opening and saving as a TIFF.

My most recent exhibition titled “Rust and Stone” (September/October 2013) started when I was Inspired by the weathering of surfaces, metal and stone, in which I found expressiveand imagined landscapes in found objects. I would encourage everyone to observemore closely the mundane, ordinary and workaday objects and images that we take for granted and to search for the beauty and simplicity that lies within. By delving into theearthly decomposition of matter I discover ‘other wordly’ landscapes and images which drawthe imagination into a different dimension and frees the mind into discovering hiddenparadigms and emotions. At this point all becomes possible as time stands still andimagination responds to the imagery. [Official Website]

Whether I am photographing tiny objects using a microscope or out in the real world I work with a mimesis by imitating the real world, by recreating instances of events or portraying objects found in nature.

20 134221 Abstraction Aye-eye Blue-Moon Cracks&Bubbles diazo Ranunculus17 TA1&2 This Fragile Earth tris Vista Duo Face-Off Galaxy Monster70 New World Panamax4 Quinine

One comment

  • Graham

    Sep 19, 2013 at 10:22

    Fantastic. If you didn’t know they were photographs you would assume paintings. Do people still dispute photography as an art form?

Comments are closed.

More Stories

Underwater by Mike Potts

Underwater by Mike Potts

I see the water as a metaphor for a dream medium and I try to meet my subjects on that boundary and hope that we are able to take the viewer from tranquil peace to a burst of creation and back again. Underwater project was selected and published in our print edition 22.
A Space Odyssey-style evolution by Sonia Payes

A Space Odyssey-style evolution by Sonia Payes

A Space Odyssey-style evolution, is Alchemy (2021), a collection of 14 vibrant chromogenic prints. Each one reiterates the same basic composition and design, with Ilana’s avatar recurring indomitably across two orderly rows. 
Turin; You Do Not See by Riccardo Surace

Turin; You Do Not See by Riccardo Surace

The project titled What You Do Not See, Unordinary tells the story of the City of Turin, my city, seen through the eyes of passersby. All photographs have been captured with a long exposure technique; in other words, I mixed then history of the city with my own history, my life experience. In fact, after five years spent fighting a disease, my artistic purpose is primarily that of representing the all too familiar feeling when, as a young man wandering through the city, one feels invisible, and yet still he is thoroughly involved in its daily frenzy.

Nude Photography Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the Nude Photography Awards. We are looking
for the best nude picture for this year, 2022.

Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of nude photography.

DEADLINE | SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2022

PHOTO BY © OLIVIER VALSECCHI
Fragments by Anne-Marie Giroux.

Fragments by Anne-Marie Giroux.

Fragments is a project within a project. Since 2020, I have been working on an installation project entitled Drifts Drifting Phase II which will be presented at Espace Produit Rien in Montréal in April 2023. The installation proposes a questioning of human and artistic drift, theme that I have been exploring since 2014. Adopting a critical and mocking approach on the relevance of the very essence of the art object, I also question the relevance of being an artist, and particularly, the relevance of being a woman artist.
Exclusive interview with Henriëtte HJIMvanGasteren

Exclusive interview with Henriëtte HJIMvanGasteren

I have had the privilege to interview Henriëtte HJIMvanGasteren, formerly known as Lilith, for Dodho Magazine. In this honest and sincere conversation, she shows us why she is so interesting as a creator, and also as an artist persona.
Til All Is Correct by Louise Fago-Ruskin

Til All Is Correct by Louise Fago-Ruskin

I like to think of my Great Uncle Moszek hovering  somewhere between floors 8 and 12 of Nalewki Street  9 in the Warsaw ghetto. It is a safe place, this imagined placement of his body. Down below the streets of the ghetto are not safe. A German soldier has been killed and revenge is about to be sought. Boots are  heard on the ground, moving ever closer to number 9.

Featured Stories

Kazakh eagle hunters & Golden eagle festival by Sanghamitra Sarkar

Kazakh eagle hunters & Golden eagle festival by Sanghamitra Sarkar

The Mongolian eagle hunters are a dying breed. In one estimate there are only fifty or sixty to two hundred and fifty eagle hunters left The golden eagle hunters capture the eaglets at around four months old
Bill Gekas ; Fine art portrait photographer

Bill Gekas ; Fine art portrait photographer

Bill Gekas is a multi awarded and published photographer that was born and resides in Melbourne Australia.
Keyhole by Erwin Olaf

Keyhole by Erwin Olaf

This is what you see when peering through the keyhole of Erwin Olaf´s installation. A girl in a red coat sitting on the floor. A woman, with her back towards the camera.
Portraits of Tertius Alio

Portraits of Tertius Alio

My name is Daniil Kontorovich, also be exhibited under the name of Tertius Alio, which translated from Latin means the observer or grated face.
Stages of our lives; SOMA by Saman Deilamani

Stages of our lives; SOMA by Saman Deilamani

The form, constructed settings and the process all aim to create a sculptural parallel that represent the lived body. It is at their intersection that the desire for the ideals of nude photography collide with the the profaneness of flesh.
Little stars by Tatiana Ilina

Little stars by Tatiana Ilina

The story about lilliputians artists "The shining of little stars" who travel around Russia. The first performance was in Ivanovo. The posters were placed all over the town and many inhabitants were surprised and sincerely confessed that they have never seen anything like this. 
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/nude-banner.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Nude Photography Awards. Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of nude photography.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/mono2022.jpg

The best 100 images along with the winning images published in the yearly book “Monochromatic – Best Photographers of 2022”

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/banner23.jpg

Call For Entries #23 | After 22 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

Self-portraiture; Made in the shade by Chloe Meynier

Self-portraiture; Made in the shade by Chloe Meynier

Made in the shade project was selected and published in our print edition 18. Through a mise-en-scene self-portraiture series, Made in the Shade depicts characters in Mid Century Modern settings, mirroring an era that was aspiring for change.
The Iberians by Candy Lopesino

The Iberians by Candy Lopesino

The Iberian Peninsula is a geographical concept formed by Spain and Portugal, two geographically united countries but separately by an invisible border. 
Photochemistry : Pears in the afternoon by Karoline Schneider

Photochemistry : Pears in the afternoon by Karoline Schneider

Originally a fine artist, I swapped my brushes for a camera and my colours for photochemistry. That’s how the ‘paintings’ that I never painted emerged.
Body art – a tribal ritual by Trevor Cole

Body art – a tribal ritual by Trevor Cole

The Suri tribe in the Northern Omo valley of Ethiopia, for example, use the paints for camouflage, tribal rituals or ceremonies and also now to show travellers. The tribes in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and along the Sepik river adorn themselves with paint for ‘Sing Sings’,
Jim Mortram

Jim Mortram

Jim Mortram is the pictorial architect behind Small Town Inertia; revealing portraits of people and their stories within a three mile radius of his home. This short film documentary introduces one of photography's more altruistic photographers
Mariëtte Aernoudts ; Fine art photography

Mariëtte Aernoudts ; Fine art photography

My name is Mariëtte Aernoudts and since 9 years I am a self thought photographer / imagemaker. Most of my portraits are from children or young people and always in colour.

Trending Stories

Deep In A Dream-Central Park by Michael Massaia

Deep In A Dream-Central Park by Michael Massaia

I started documenting Central Park back in 2007 as way of coping with severe insomnia. I would commonly take long walks at night, and the park always seemed to be calling me in.
Life after death by Edgaras Vaicikevicius

Life after death by Edgaras Vaicikevicius

After the death of a person remains only what he created during his lifetime. Trees also are born and die. However, only people can extend the natural life of the tree. When the arm of creator touches the tree, the tree is reviving.
Larry Louie – A Working Day In Dhaka, Bangladesh

Larry Louie – A Working Day In Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh has experienced one of the highest and most rapid urban population increases in the world. Dhaka city has a huge population of 14 million with over 300,000 migrants arriving annually.
Imaginary world; Allegories of life, lessons of nature by Alessandra Favetto

Imaginary world; Allegories of life, lessons of nature by Alessandra Favetto

Alongside my artistic work as a self-potrait artist, I love to create a fantastic and imaginary world where animals, common objects and nature meet in surreal atmospheres.
Heartfelt Welcome by Argus Paul Estabrook

Heartfelt Welcome by Argus Paul Estabrook

On November 7, 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in extended a “heartfelt welcome” towards US President Donald Trump as he arrived in South Korea for a two-day summit to reaffirm the Korea-US alliance.
The sensual side of women; Route 66 by Remi Rebillard

The sensual side of women; Route 66 by Remi Rebillard

Photographer, but above all an artist. Devoted almost exclusively to his personal research since 2009, he asks us about the future of our society through his other passion, women.
Slides : No Memory is Ever Alone by Catherine Panebianco

Slides : No Memory is Ever Alone by Catherine Panebianco

No Memory is Ever Alone is a visual conversation between my dad and I. He used to bring out a box of slides that he photographed in his late teens and early 20s every Christmas and made us view them on an old projector on our living room wall telling the same stories every year.  
Poetic lyrics : Il pleut sur Nantes by Philippe Marchand

Poetic lyrics : Il pleut sur Nantes by Philippe Marchand

Barbara was a famous French singer who died about ten years ago. Her very evocative and poetic lyrics are still very successful all over the world.
Identity by Camila Berrio

Identity by Camila Berrio

When responding to the inevitable endeavor of attempting self-definition, I tackled the dimension of gender through the resulting series Identity. From personally having moments of disengagement with the sensation of womanhood from my body

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact hello@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.