When something is compared to a grain of sand it is usually supposed to mean that it’s small or insignificant. Also, looking by the naked eye, all grains of sand is pretty much the same.
However, If these grains are magnified by a hundred-fold or more, each of them exhibits a distinct beauty.
According to Dr. Gary Greenberg, the photographs made by using a high-powered light microscope are actually “dramatic landscapes of hidden worlds.”
He explains that his reason for focusing on sand is to show people how ordinary things are truly extraordinary when they are looked from a new point of view. He magnified grains of sands up to 300 times, revealing that each grain of sand can be beautiful and unique.
Greenberg is known by inventing the high-definition 3D microscopes, used to take pictures. He actually has 18 U.S. patents under his name. Until he was 33 he was a photographer and filmmaker.
Then he moved from LA to London and earned a Ph. D. in biomedical research. He got a unique appreciation for biological and scientific curiosities and for the optical technologies.
What is crucial for sand composition?
The composition of the sand drastically depends on where it’s located. For instance, the coastal sands in Hawaii, where Dr. Greenberg is located, are the subjects of his amazing micro-photography.
The composition of the sand in the Greenberg’s images is full of remnants from various tropical sea organisms small and large.
Also, the sand on some other coasts may include a totally different set of rocks, minerals and organic matter, which depend on the temperature, surf conditions and marine environment.