Dutch photographer Maurice Mikkers has been peering inside pills for about two years starting with the over-the-counter painkillers he took for three months after a surgery.
Mikkers’ method includes a trinocular microscope, featuring two lenses to look through and a third for the camera (a Canon 5D Mark III), which takes a series of HDR detail images. Pills are crushed in a mortar, weighed out to specific amounts and dissolved it in water. Drops of the solution are placed on slides and allowed to crystalize.
Mikkers has since moved on from over-the-counter medications to peer inside the likes of LSD, GHB, DMT, and 2CB. He’s also photographed cocaine, ketamine and oxycodone, but those didn’t produce the desired crystalline formations, although he is still trying.
Take a look at the gallery below featuring stunning images ready to send you on a microscopic psychedelic ride.