Pond scum doesn't immediately bring to mind words like "art" or "beauty," but after seeing the work of French artist Lia Giraud we're beginning to feel differently. Giraud has devised a method of using living organisms—namely microalgae—to render photographic images. In essence, she's found a way to replace traditional photographic film with living creatures. And it's awesome.
By exposing an image onto a petri dish of light-sensitive algae, Giraud is mimicking the principle of classic photography, only instead of inanimate light-sensitive silver halide crystals darkening to create a picture, the microscopic wormlike beings are given four days to arrange into the proper formation. It's science!
Of course, if you want to get into this sort of thing, you'll have to settle for a monochromatic (read: puke green) image, but hey—it's alive, you know? She considers the collection a work in progress, but we couldn't wait to show a few.