The photographic images in the Mineral Photos shop are the work of Sue Hanson.

While working in the lab as a geologist Sue was fascinated by the stunning colours, shapes and forms that rock samples displayed under the microscope, revealing a unique abstract work of art. They show an unusual and unique view of the landscape that few people would ordinarily get to see.

Sue believed that others would appreciate the magnificent view in the same way, and she wanted to find a wider audience for her artwork. Tragically Sue passed away suddenly in 2007, not having had a chance to share her extraordinary photos. It didn’t seem right for Sue’s works to remain out of sight, and in the last few years Sue’s photos have been exhibited at Bondi Beach in Sydney and at Art Melbourne, and also in exhibitions in Toowoomba and Brisbane. It has helped our family to continue to work with these beautiful images in Sue’s memory.

One of Sue’s images was also chosen as the cover artwork for Deakin University’s Journal ‘Verandah’ in 2009. In Roma Street, Brisbane, one of Sue’s images was used as public art, painted on a traffic signal box at the entrance to the Roma St Parklands. It is still there, and always makes me smile when I see it.

The images you see here in the Mineral Photos redbubble shop were the first 12 photos Sue chose as her Australian Mineral Series No.1. Among the many other photos still unpublished I am sure there is a Series 2, and in the near future I hope to release a second series of photos, the ones I think Sue really loved as well and would have wanted to share.

For the technically minded, below is a description of the ‘thin section’ process in Sue’s words:
After cutting and roughly trimming with a diamond tipped saw the rock is slowly cut, ground and then polished to a thickness of 0.03mm (30µm). Using resin to hold this incredibly thin slice of rock onto a glass slide the constituent minerals are now ready to be viewed under a polarising microscope. The diagnostic colors produced by projecting various wavelengths of light through the rock sliver, in conjunction with mineral shape and its association with other minerals are used to determine the mineral type. The diagnostic colors and shape of the mineral can also tell the experienced petrologist the approximate chemical composition of the mineral.

Mineral Photo Designs
I have recently started to experiment with my own artwork, inspired by Sue’s mineral photography. You will find my work under Mineral Photos – Designs. I’m working with acrylic paint on tiles or canvas, drawing on the unique colours and textures of Sue’s photos.

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Di Hanson (Sue’s sister) and family

  • Joined: December 2015
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