Photography by Ruth Stennett
The late Ruth Stennett's work blends rockhounding/geology/gemology and photography to produce abstract art. She uses macro lenses and creative lighting conditions to show off the incredible colors and textures to be found in thin slabs of rock.
The typical scale of her typical work is shown in the photo at left below, while the finished photo appears on the right. (By the way, it is a flat slab.) Click the thumbnails to display a larger image.
Front lighting and back lighting reveal very different aspects in geodes, quartz, and other translucent crystalline structures. Compare the two photos of the thunder egg slab below. The shot on the left was taken with front lighting only, while the one on the right uses back lighting.
The front and back of the same slab can be quite different, as demonstrated by the two photos below of a piece of carnelian agate:
Other slabs, when photographed, fool the eye completely. Who would believe at first glance that the image below is a photograph of a flat surface (a piece of rutilated quartz)?
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