Debora Lombardi – Italian-based designer and photographer captures the hard-to-see beauties of flowers illuminated by ultraviolet rays.

In "Between Art and Science" Debora Lombardi harnesses the creative potential of UV light. Italian-based photographer and designer Lombardi used UV light to capture the hard-to-see beauty of these plants.

She began testing this technique in her dark studio in March 2020. Her research is still being tested in 2021, making improvements and customizations. She revealed that the monstrous images and mysterious beauty of the fluorescent flowers are similar to seeing the virus under an electron microscope.

Each of these stunning photos uses a plain black background to emphasize the striking colors of the flowers. This simple composition is reminiscent of portrait photography. “I photographed in complete darkness, illuminating the subject with a UV lamp, with a shutter speed of 10 to 30 seconds, and applied techniques obtained from various experiments” says Lombardi.

Expressing the invisible, visible through art, has the power to bring comfort. It is often the things we cannot see and cannot understand that inspire fear. Lombardi scatters radiation across a flower, revealing a full spectrum of colors invisible to the human eye. Through her work, neon-saturated blue-violet tones transform into beautiful flowers. Some of her work is currently on display at Somerset House in London.

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