Abstracting the Expo | May 7, 2007 Issue - Vol. 85 Issue 19 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 85 Issue 19 | pp. 69-71
Issue Date: May 7, 2007

Abstracting the Expo

Department: Science & Technology
Abstracts at the Expo
Credit: Text and Photos by Ivan Amato Design and Production by Tchad Blair

For many people, laboratory equipment is as gripping to look at as toasters or washing machines. But hidden in plain sight in the accoutrements of research are functional ensembles of geometry, texture, color, and contour that also carry aesthetic value. One afternoon in March, at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Chicago, I embarked on a photographic hunt-and-gather expedition in the exposition hall at McCormick Place. When I fitted my digital camera with a macro lens, which allowed me to focus on objects much closer to the camera than is possible with standard lenses, I became a witness to a compelling and novel vista of all things laboratorial. Glassware, chromatography columns, even plastic syringe filters took on new, engaging personas. Here is a selection from my harvest.

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