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April 15, 2014 at 8:00 am

Photographer Caren Alpert’s Strange World of Magnified Food

Do you think you know what celery looks like? How about chocolate cake? Photographer Caren Alpert’s project that captures what food looks like with the aid of a scanning electron microscope may make you think again. Called “Terra Cibus” based on the Latin for Earth Food, the landscapes food makes when magnified to this degree are truly alien.

You can view the complete series in full, high-resolution glory on her website. In the meantime, see if you can guess the subject of these photographs (answers at the end of the article).

alpert lifesaver

Caren Alpert – terra cibus no. 22

Caren Alpert - terra cibus no. 34

Caren Alpert – terra cibus no. 34



  1. Lifesaver at 17x magnification
  2. Pop-tart at 450x magnification

-Tove K. Danovich