I’m Al Mefer, a Neuroscience PhD student working in how brain (epi)genetics orchestrate cognitive processes and the mechanisms underlying neuropsychiatric diseases. Recently, in July 2017, I started taking pictures as a medium of expression.


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The anatomist Wilhelm His coined the term “dendrites” (from Greek “déndron”, translated as “tree”) to describe the branch-like extensions of neurons, the basic units of the brain, that propagate electrochemical information towards other cells. Since then, neuroscientists employ the simile of the tree to describe neurons as of their structural resemblance. In this photography series called “Phantoms of the Brain” trees are depicted in turbulent landscapes full of fog and rays of light as imagery of a mind sickened by obsessions, anxiety, depression and despair.

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