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Technically speaking this is mineral microscopy; I prefer to call it Microgeophotography: I use a low-powered microscope and capture software to take very close up pictures of mostly unpolished slices of rock. In the trade these are called slabs.

It’s amazing what you find under the microscope: rich and complex blends of colours seem to emerge from nowhere; shapes, faces, landscapes, deep space, animals, and plants all find their way into the picture. Some of my favourites are pure abstract art to be enjoyed entirely for their own sake.

For technical purposes I’ll adjust brightness/contrast/saturation to bring out certain features, but all the patterns and colours are provided by nature, and I try to process images as little as possible. Nature is very clever. More recently I’ve started using image stacking software to compensate for some of the limitations of the microscope optics, but I keep everything as natural as possible.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. The collection grows often.

Apart from the huge range here on Redbubble, Pretty Rock Designs are also available as fabric designs for craft, apparel, and interior design from Spoonflower and its associated services Sprout for cut-and-sew patterns, and additional homewares from Roostery

Drop me a line if you’d like to see a particular design on a particular product, or at a high resolution than offered here, and the Pretty Rock Designs website is slowly filling up with all sorts of interesting information.

Chief Rock Officer
Pretty Rock Designs


Copyright belongs to me. It’s mine I tell you, all mine.

PS There’s the odd non-rock picture here too. Sorry about the bugs if you find them icky.

  • Joined: March 2012
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