Our perceptions of aesthetic value are determined by a host of factors which we typically fail to consider. This is apparent not only in the realm of art, but in every aspect of our everyday interactions with the world in which we live. We, humans, experience such a bombardment of sensory input throughout our day that we can’t help taking for granted the objects which make our lives more enjoyable. Often, our ability to properly appreciate the subtle beauty held within the seemingly mundane is restricted by the limitations placed upon our eyes. I would like you to consider as an example the humble strawberry. Enjoyed by many for its taste, as well as the connotations which it arouses (warm summer days in the garden), the strawberry is truly one of nature’s greatest gifts to the world. Considering this, it seemed only fair to me that people should be able to truly comprehend the hidden magnificence of this tragically under appreciated object. The fine details which comprise the strawberries beauty are, unfortunately, far too minute for the naked eye to decipher. We are fortunate to live in a time in history in which details of the world which our eyes would be otherwise incapable of seeing are now available thanks in part to technology. With the right equipment, a person can now transform the most humble of insects into terrifying aliens. For my alien, I utilized a digital camera with a macro bellow attached to a 50mm lens. I painstakingly photographed one hundred and twenty nine separate images of the slice of strawberry you see before you. Afterward, I pieced together each individual image in much the same way the one puts together a puzzle. In the end, I was left with a magnificently detailed image which a single photograph would never have been capable of creating.