The birefringent properties of many crystalline substances can create vivid collages when combined with polarized illumination. High magnification photographs of these patterns can be produced simply without the use of a microscope or other expensive equipment. The technique involves projecting an enlarged crystal pattern with a condenser enlarger onto 35mm film.
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Pomplun, Alan, "Projection crystallography" (1988). Industrial photography,Accessed from
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