'There was a penetration of the light into solid substance so that I seemed to see into things, deep in...'.
John Steinbeck was not thinking of rocks when he wrote this sentence in 'Travels with Charley - In search of America'.
However, his feeling exactly reflects what people should think when looking at rock photomicrographs such as in the micROCKscopica galleries.
I am a Geologist at the University of Padova, Italy. I work with rocks and make extensive use of micro- and macrophotography to describe the subjects of my studies and their morphological features.
As a photographer with artistic intent, my rock photomicrographs have been displayed in photo galleries, at mineralogical and scientific exhibits and in Natural Sciences Museums worldwide, and published in photographic and popular magazines, and in geological journals.
In 2009 I started the MicROCKScopica - Rock Art project (www.microckscopica.org).