Robert Dash

Robert Dash is an educator, naturalist and award-winning photographer whose work features the complex textures and patterns of micro…


About Food For Thought

We humans are busy going about our lives, while nature is in shock from the choices that we make. This series offers a micro perspective on how one part of nature–our food–is connected to climate change. It references threats to treasured foods, but also, methods which help reverse those threats.

Every day, we’re more intimately tied to food than most anything else. These images symbolize both the abundance and the chaos that humanity has brought to the dinner table. They feature resilient, edible seeds and grains like quinoa, buckwheat, millet, sunflower, amaranth and chia, all of which offer significant minerals and nutrients and can be a great source of plant protein. Reducing meat consumption in favor of these plant sources would have a huge impact on reducing greenhouse gasses. Staple crops like wheat, rice and soy are all threatened by human-caused climate change. Yields and nutrient values of these and other foods are decreasing, putting extra strain on developing regions. Spices such as cloves and saffron, hops grown to make beer, avocados, cacao and coffee beans are all under pressure due to climate change. Carbon farming describes agricultural practices which capture more carbon than they release. Agroforestry, no-till agriculture, silvapasture and forest gardens are all examples of this approach. Azolla, the floating fern which is credited with removing half of the planet’s excess CO2 50 million years ago, is included as evidence of the power of plants to heal the planet.

Each image was made with a scanning electron microscope, and features natural objects scaled at several times smaller than a pinhead. DSLR macro photography completes the photomontage, to allow a surreal conversation between natural objects, and minute details of themselves. They are inspired by nature, and the artistic visions of Uelsmann, Blossfeldt, and Chris Jordan.