January 2012 Archives

Imaging Lab Reflection

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For whatever reason, the only creatures I know for certain that I truly fear are arachnids. For this reason, seeing a gilded tick at extreme magnification was a very interesting experience. In particular, I found it interesting to note that I felt a combination of simultaneous revulsion and appreciation of its beauty. The gold covering made the tick look like a piece of ornate jewelry, which made me think a lot about how covering the tick in gold objectified it for me--made it seem less real, and therefore less threatening.

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