Shyam Rathod of Yavatmal developed a niche in the art form of crystal art photomicrography in Maharashtra.

Shyam Rathod, an adjunct engineer with MSETCL, has carved a niche for himself in the art of crystal art photomicrography . The art form requires a polarized microscope, a camera, slides, and chemicals to create crystals .

YAVATMAL: Shyam Rathod, an adjunct engineer with MSETCL, has carved a niche for himself in the art of crystal art photomicrography.Crystal art photomicrography is a art and science fusion where you intensely photograph art to get beautiful colour textures and microcrystal patterns weaved into micro space.Photographs taken using the polarized microscope are not more than 1x1 mm on the microscope slide.On a microscopic slide, new techniques are used for creating a thin layer of crystals.

For the past few years, Yavatmals Rathod has been passionate about this art form.He was introduced to this art form through a Facebook group called Crystal Art Photomicrography.Rathod was invited to the group by Netherlands moderator Loes Modderman.He also met with fellow micro photographers in India such as Yogendra Joshi (Pune), Hiroj Bagade (Nagpur), and international luminaries.

Rathod had to find these things in a small town like Yavatmal.For him, the cost of a polarized microscope was too high.He then bought a normal compound microscope and turned it into a polarized one by using two polarized filters that he bought online and got them cut into shapes at a local optical shop so he could fit them in the compound microscope.He also bought a camera.

The next step was to connect the camera to the microscope by using a mechanical coupler.He decided to make his own couplers at the local store because the cost of professional couplers was prohibitively high.With all the ingredients in order, he was off to the moonlight of crystal art microphotography.Rathod used various chemicals to make microcrystals for the slides.

Under the microscope, microcrystals that have formed begin to produce spectacular patterns and colors.Rathod then used a mixture of two or more substances, like paracetamol and urea, beta alanine, and L glutamine, to produce crystals.When examined with a microscope, the crystals display attractive shapes and patterns of different colors.When seen, the ABE chemicalmedicine used for treating warts, on the other hand, had a striking flower pattern.

After many remelts, the paracetamol and urea mixture produced fringe-like structures.When melted, menthol (thandai), which was sold in pan shops, had different shapes such as a heart shape, bubbles, and so on.The small area of the microcrystal could be seen for intricate details that were magical as the magnification increased.Even if they were similar, no two microcrystals of the same chemical produced the same results.

Microcrystals are also influenced by atmospheric conditions and temperature.