Hi! I'm Karl, a scientific photographic artist from Dublin. Having undertook university degrees in physics, life sciences and microscopy I combine my love for science, nature and photography by creating photographic art from chemicals, everyday substances and samples collected from nature. I offer award winning caliber light microscopy imaging services of your products / samples for your marketing / publication endeavours. I also provide limited edition fine art prints of my chemical and biological micrograph artworks and provide commissions for artworks of any size you wish. If you are interested in discussing, please contact me via the contact page.

A fusion of art and science, my chemical work reveals works of art that manifests during the self-organisation of molecules during crystallisation. The photographs reveal an order in the crystals that can only be revealed through polarisation microscopy.

"Nature is the artist, I am just her photographer. I supply her with the ingredients and she weaves them together into the most wonderful forms. We try to understand how she does this through the language of Science, thus, I call this facet of my work, “The Art of Physics & Chemistry”.

The chemical artwork is made in the laboratory and involves the experimental synthesis of chemicals and subsequent crystallisation methods of them in order to photograph using photomicrographic techniques.

One of the things that inspires me to create chemical art work is the occasional thrilling discovery of a pattern that I have never seen before. Looking through the binoculars of the microscope, you witness before your eyes, the sporadic unfolding crystalising formations, in an otherwise transparent soup of chemicals. Sometimes, the formations that evolve are visually stunning, resembling forests, knotted vines, colourful flower gardens or complicated geometrical organisations. It really blows your mind! On witnessing such events, it’s easy to recognise how nature is written in the language of physics and mathematics – these crystalline formations are beautiful examples of thermodynamics in action whilst their constitutes are governed by the erratic symphonies of quantum mechanics!

A preview of my company brochure on the imaging services that I can provide.

Art of Science Photography brochure of colourful and eyecatching scientific shots from the laboratory.

My prints are made to the highest quality on Hahnemühle Photo Rag®. They are made as limited edition in small numbers and can be customised with either a white or black border. The black is quite delicate so requires fragility when handling, but does make the colours appear more vibrant on the page. Should you wish to buy a print, please contact me via the contact form.

Images displayed here are in low resolution for web display purposes only.

A photograph of urea captured through polarisation microscopy.
A photograph of a crystallized chemical mixture captured through polarisation microscopy.
A photograph of sodium sulphate captured through polarisation microscopy.
A photograph of ammonium iron sulphate captured through polarisation microscopy.
A photograph of potassium hexacyanoferrate captured through polarisation microscopy.
A photograph of sodium and copper sulphates captured through polarisation microscopy.

I recently completed my book filled the best of my colourful chemical artworks made to date. If you would like to buy one please feel free to contact me.

Art of Physics and Chemistry polarisation microscopy art portfolio book cover produced by Karl Gaff, Art of Science Photography, aka, electron_micronaut on Instagram.

I can do many different kinds of commissions made to award-winning caliber, for example, product photography such as alcoholic beverages, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, biological samples, plants and flowers, etc. which can be used for covers for books and other publications, art for your home or office and more.

If you are interested in buying a print of any size, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can view a selection of my chemical art works on the 'Chemical Artworks' page and other kinds of photographic artworks in the photography section.

I also accept commissions for larger custom artworks if you have something specific in mind. For more information, you can contact me through the contact form.

A photograph produced by Karl Gaff (Art of Science Photography) of Amino acids on the cover of Microscopy and Analysis magazine.

Micrograph of Amino acids on the cover of Microscopy and Analysis magazine.

A photograph produced by Karl Gaff (Art of Science Photography) of Salicin on the cover of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry.

Chemical micrograph artwork of salicin on the cover of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry.

A photograph of ascorbic acid created by Karl Gaff (Art of Science Photography) on the cover of the Oxford Human Nutrition.

An old chemical artwork of vitamin-c on the cover of Oxford Human Nutrition.

I have designed a limited edition calendar for 2023 consisting of some of the chemical artworks, 45 x 30cm in size. If you would like to buy one please feel free to contact me.