Opening in the UK this week is Dotography: The World’s First Invisible Photography Exhibition. The unique exhibition is a gallery of images that are each the width of a single human hair (printed using state-of-the-art nanotechnology) meaning they are completely invisible to the naked eye. So visitors could be forgiven for thinking they are looking at dozens of empty photo frames.
Upon entry to the gallery in Birmingham, visitors are given a hi-spec handheld microscope that clips onto the back of a regular smartphone, prior to seeing a world of miniaturised photography open up in front of their eyes. The photography exhibition has been designed by The Big Bang Fair to inspire young people to consider a future in STEM. It is free to attend, and is open over four days from Wednesday, 24 January.
Among the 22 pictures on display throughout the gallery space are a number of iconic photographs that celebrate landmark scientific moments from the past – featuring the likes of Marie Curie, Albert Einstein and Neil Armstrong. In addition to the historic STEM milestones, the gallery features a number of original submissions depicting the wonder of STEM in our everyday lives. These images were taken by people in the STEM community, school students and celebrities with a penchant for the world of science and engineering. Among the submissions is an image from The Great British Bake-Off finalist and engineer Andrew Smyth (who supplied an image of a Rolls Royce jet engine cake), wildlife expert Liz Bonnin (a picture of a Galapagos fern), and actors Ben Miller (a picture of his child’s Lego engineering skills) and Lucy Porter (a baby bump selfie).
The microscopic pictures at the gallery were all created using state-of-the-art nanotechnology from engineers at Scrona. The company employs a gold nanoparticle printing process that enables them to print super-sharp and detailed pictures to an astonishingly small scale: comparable to the diameter of a single human hair.
When is the World’s First Invisible Photography Exhibition?
It will be open over four days from 24 to 27 January
What are their opening times of the exhibition?
24 January: 2pm until 6pm
25 January: 4pm until 8pm
26 & 27 January: 11am until 3pm
Where will the World’s First Invisible Photography Exhibition be held?
It is located in Birmingham City Centre at Unit K2, Link Street, Link Road, Birmingham, B16 0EP
How much is the entrance fee?
The exhibition is completely free to attend