The arrangement of diatoms into tiny works of art goes back to the Victorian era, but Klaus Kemp has made that old form into a more complex modern one. And now Matthew Killip has made a short film with Kemp showing how he does it.

Diatoms are single-cell algae with hard shells that make the beautiful microscopic gems reflected in arrangements like Kemp's. These kinds of images are fusions of the innovation of humankind and the natural world that are always astounding to see and fascinating to see in action.

Here are a few more of Kemp's work:


And here's how he does it:


[via Colossal]