Photographer makes art with LSD, ecstasy, ketamine and caffeine

Other | Monday 25th January 2016 | Cristina

Dutch photographer Maurice Mikkers spent over two years advancing a photography project based on shooting microscopic stills of different legal and illegal drugs. He published the results in 2015.



Mikkers was taking over-the-counter painkillers for three months after surgery. He used the opportunity to capitalise on his lab experience, buying equipment to examine and shoot the medication under a microscope.

Mikkers purchased the illegal drugs he photographed online, sometimes utilising the deep web and bitcoins. He shot LSD, ecstasy, GHB, ketamine and 2CB as well as legal chemicals like caffeine and potassium bitartrate.

Potassium Bitartrate

He used a trinocular microscope with two lenses to look through and a third for the camera, his Canon 5D Mark III. He took HDR detail images and stitched them together in Photoshop.

The results are stunning and above all, educational. Through his project, Mikkers hopes to encourage people to think more about what they put into their body.