Japanese composer and photographer Tomoya Matsuura targeted his microscopic lens on decaying plants. In his monochromatic photo series ‘Withered Plants,’ the artist exposes the inevitable fate of every life form on Earth by making us witness the very last hours of plants in wonderful detail.
In order to make us see what’s impossible to notice with the naked eye, Matsuura uses a Scanning Electron Microscope, aka SEM. The device enables us to see the extraordinary details of just about anything. The images of the dying plants look otherworldly, though, at the same time, they’re closer to the very real nature of our own lives than anything else.