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Gorgeous Photographic Experiment Reveals What Drugs Really Look Like

In an especially cool science experiment, Berlin-based artist Sarah Schoenfeld placed samples of several mind-altering substances on pre-exposed negatives. Schoenberg hoped to figure out what drugs actually look like and how they affect the material they come in contact with, and the outcome is gorgeous and revealing. If these substances create such intricate, kaleidoscopic patterns on flimsy paper, imagine what they do to the human brain. Up-and-coming bands, take note of these photos, because there are so many possibilities for shoegaze album covers. See the whole series at Sarah Schoenfeld’s website.

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Pharmaceutical speed

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Caffeine

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Cocaine

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Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Crystal meth

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Dopamine

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Estrogen

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Fantasy + Ecstasy

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

G

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Heroin

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Ketamine

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Ketamine

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Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

LSD

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Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

MDMA

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Opium

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Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Orphiril

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Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Speed

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Valium

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Image credit: Sarah Schoenfeld

Explosion

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