With a little help from chemicals and photography, deceased fish can actually be rather attractive.
Dead fish aren’t typically associated with beauty. However with a little help from chemicals and photography, deceased fish can actually be rather attractive.
Specifically, it’s their dainty ‘skeletal architecture’ that contributes to the eye catching appearance. A vertebrate biomechanics professor at the University of Washington, Adam Summers, specializes in the unique form of fish art.
As part of his studies, he snaps photos of the insides of fish. Before the bodily composition is captured, Summers uses a complicated process to color and give depth to the pictures.
First, he must preserve the tissue and dye the specimens in shades of blue and red. The species are then bleached, so all of the exceptionally dark elements are removed and the vibrant colors can be seen through the fish’s flesh.
The skin and scales are melted away by using a digestive enzyme called trypsin. Once all that is done, the organism is submerged in glycerin, which makes the fish entirely transparent except for the dyed skeletal remains.
The last step in Summers’ procedure is photographing the stunning completed works, which resemble intricate and vibrant fish x-rays.