About Me

Born in Dublin, Karl Gaff is an award winning and passionate scientific photographer and artist. His areas of expertise are macro and microscopic imaging using advanced techniques. He is particularly passionate about imaging chemicals, plants and the microscopic life found in fresh and salt water habitats and communicating the science behind the imagery. Karl has had his work published in numerous scientific journals, science magazines and educational publications. He has also been a featured photographer by Olympus, Nikon and the Royal Photographic Society and his work has recently been exhibited in London and New York. Karl is motivated by producing photographic work that encourages people to take a closer look, which is educational and generate curiosity and conversation. Aswell as this, the images must be visually stunning to the extent that you would want to hang them in your immediate scientific or social environment.

Signed & Framed Pictures

The art is available in a small number of limited editions, written on the lower left of each print. Unless otherwise states, the pictures shown below measure on average 48.80 x 60.00 cm, 18.90 x 23.62 inches. The images are printed in a printing gallery in Dublin city, on museum quality paper called Fine Art Rag. The prints are beautifully mounted in box frames. The colours contained in the imagery below are not artifically applied nor are they digitally enhanced. Crystal subjects are freshly grown and the images are composed and captured in situ. The different colours arise depending on the thickness of the crystalline subjects and on how the light interacts with them as it passes through their lattice structure. In otherwords, the imagery is not designed, but is purely a research and discovery process. Once crystals are grown, they must be photographed quickly as they decompose within a short time frame. Although Karl keeps a record of the parameters he imposes on crystal growth (and develops a cook book of recipes for his subjects), the imagery can never be reproduced exactly. This is because there are factors involved in the crystallographic growth process that are inherently random in nature. Patterns may sometimes appear similar but are never exactly the same. For more information about the imagery contained on this page, please contact Karl through the contact page.

Ice Cathedral

From Seed to Tree

Autumn Plant

Floral Vines : Print size: 147 cm x 64.50 cm unframed. The art piece is printed on gallery quality fine art photo rag paper with a torn black or white border depending on preference. Gold or silver paint can be rubbed along the edge of the printed black border for a nice finish. Right click on the image and choose view image to see larger.

Hummingbird

Lotus Flower : Resembling a lotus flower, this is a close-up of vitamin b-3. 100 x 100 cm unframed, 140 x 140 cm framedd. The art piece is printed on gallery quality fine art photo rag paper with a torn black or white border depending on preference. Gold paint is rubbed along the edge of the printed black border for a nice finish. The piece is presented in a floating box frame. The black border is not shown here so at to maximise the size of the picture on the page.

Exhibitions