have recently had the pleasure of working with Richard Weston a
renowned architect and author as well as Professor of Architecture at
the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
a passion for mineral images which he creates by using cutting edge
digital scanners. His interest in minerals began when he bought an
ammonite that cost more than his scanner: apparently the results were
dreadful! The scanner he now uses cost rather more than many ammonites -
but the results are wonderful. Richard has recently launched a website Earth.uk.net
where you can view and purchase his fantastic images.
work is a fantastic vehicle for science outreach. The images he creates
are both aesthetically pleasing and the direct result of geological,
chemical and physical processes. Richard asked me to provide a
to accompany his images in the book Formations: Images from Rocks
. I inadvertently gained the nom de plume
Alan Chowning during the creation of the books ISBN number! The
processes of mineral formation are often extremely complex, however I
attempted to describe in lay terms the basic principles behind their
Each image demands a great deal of
time to produce: preparing the minerals, taking scan after scan, and
then digitally removing blemishes left by polishing powder and dust.
Only a tiny minority of the images he captures make it into his online
Richard has a very good eye for images, I have played with
my own scanner and mineral collection - nothing of merit resulted!