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IRMAK SOLDAMLI

Agate Opal

 

4-5 billion years ago, our planet looked like a hell with a temperature of more than 1200 degree Celsius. A hot, poisonous and endless mass of lava consisting only of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and water vapor. The formation of our blue planet is followed by billions of years of chemical and physical chain reactions; each reaction constitutes the ground for the next development, from single-celled creatures to gigantic dinosaurs, the evolution of species, the transformation of the submerged world into the glacial age, from glacial rocks to volcanic eruptions. It is a great and incredible adventure that extends from the minerals that forms layer by layer under the pressure to the formation of crystalloid rocks, the precious crystal structures of these rocks and the creation of precious and semi-precious stones thanks to the rare minerals they carry. And the earth hosted great civilizations, stories of living and inanimate life, contained precious metals, fossils for billions of years, and still contains great mysteries, as great as the history of humanity, as close as the base of our feet. Agate is just one grain of billions within the years of formation.

Agate; chlorite and zeolite mineralization in the crack zone of andesites and the Zeolite mineral developed from shell to core with hydrothermal activity which grew in the vein in rod form. But, the crystals were coated by silica during the formation of the agate opal. It was concluded that this mineral was probably “scolesite” after the researches done to identify the zeolite. The textural properties of the two main banding and inclusions in agate stones were revealed by macroscopic and microscopic observations during this study. The formation of banding according to optical, macroscopic and even polarizing microscopic observations is based on photographing with aesthetic concerns as a result of observation with microscope.

 

Biography: 

Born in 1970, in Ankara. Graduated from Hacettepe University Vocational School of Health Services, Medical Laboratory Techniques, İstanbul University Faculty of Health Science (Bachelor) and Anadolu University Photography and Camera Operation.

Works as a cytotechnologist; a specialist on scanning with microscope at cell level. She is a member of AFSAD (Ankara Photography Artists Society). She led the Photography Project: Algı (Perception) (Matchings between photos of nature with micro world), the Project: Stance of Women’s (a workshop); worked as a member of publishing council of Kontrast Magazine (in AFSAD) and as the assistant instructor of Pinhole Photography and Macro and Nature Photography workshops. Has participated in the 2016 FIAP Nature Biennial and attended various national and international exhibitions. As a first in Turkey, her book “Photomicrography” which contains photos of microscopic images has published.