rachel hoffmann2019

Silent companions

Editorial and Photography

The unawareness of microbial beauty

7th semester / Bachelor project

Winter 2018/19

“Silent companions” aims to subject microbial beauty while dealing with the negative connotation and perception of bacteria. Despite their important function, bacteria are invisible for the human eyes most of the time and their occurrence is associated with social rejection.

By visualizing microorganisms, the viewer can approach the subject in a new way and gain knowledge of a variety that has hardly been perceived so far.

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"Unser Interesse an der unsichtbaren Welt liegt darin, für sie in der sichtbaren Welt eine Form zu finden, das heißt das trügerisch vertraute, sichtbare, äußere Erscheinungsbild aufzubrechen, zu zerlegen, zu atomisieren, bevor wir erneut damit umgehen können. - Herzog und de meuron"

By taking samples of bacteria in everyday locations, the work seeks to strengthen the sense of identification and overcome the notion of unaffectedness in relation to microorganisms such as bacteria.

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The intention of the work is to put the field of microbiology in a new light; it is less a reproduction of reality than a new understanding.


Created in: 20 Weeks


Material: Petri dishes , paper


Digital tools: Indesign, Photoshop, Lightroom


Created for: Bachelor project

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