Seeing Inside Meteorites

This project was undertaken in 2015 when an astronomer invited me to photograph two of his recent meteorite purchases. The first called the Gibeon, is an iron type with nickel concentration. It was found in Namibia in 1838 discovered by the Nama people who used it to make tools and weapons. My images of the Gibeon were obtained by using a macro photographic technique (Canon MACRO 100mm) and soft box lighting. The photos revealed the yellow/rust colour within the Gibeon and its classic Widmanstatten pattern characterized by parallel and intersecting crystallized lines appreciated for its beauty both by collectors and designers of jewelry. The second called a Seymchan, a stony iron type, is a pallasite meteorite. It was found in a dry bed of the River Hekandue in the Magadan district, Russia in 1967. Using the same photographic technique the olivine crystals of peridot quality were revealed, as well as, what appeared to be strange faces and animal shapes. In both cases my excitement was seeing the peculiar characteristics of the meteorites, which were not fully appreciated with my naked eye.


Gibeon 1

 


Gibeon 2

 


Seymchan Side by Side


Seymchan with Face

 


Seymchan with face, horse and dinasour