Greenberg has been photographing bits of sand for years. He’s published a book on the subject and is writing another, due out next year. He’s what you’d call a microscopic sand grain photography expert, if such a title even exists. And his work is an amazing look at something we rarely give thought to.
His fascination with photographing sand actually goes back to his fascination with microscopes in general. Greenberg is trained as both a photographer and scientist (he has a Ph.D. in cell biology). While working as a professor at USC, he began to realize that the research he was conducting required a more advanced microscope. The miniscule depth of field in most microscopes wouldn’t cut it, so he began making his own with an increased depth of field, and did it in 3-D. “This way you could see what’s in the foreground and in the background.”