Microsculpture is a new project from the British photographer Levon Biss.
Biss’s passion for nature and photography have come together to create Microsculpture, a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification. For his latest personal project, Biss embraced the world of macrophotography and has taken the genre to a new level. His photographs capture in breath- taking detail the beauty of the insect world and are printed in large-scale formats to provide the audience with an unforgettable viewing experience.
Using the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the beautiful, surprising, and often outright bizzare microscopic forms of insects are presented in breathtaking clarity. Microsculpture displays insects like never before, in large-format and exquisitly-lit detail, with photographic prints measuring up to three metres across.
Each picture in Microsculpture is created from around 8,000 individual photographs. Segments of the specimen are lit and photographed separately, ‘stacked’ to maintain sharp focus throughout, then combined into a single high-resolution file.
“I photograph the insect in approximately 30 different sections, depending on the size of the specimen. Each section is lit differently with strobe lights to bring out the micro-sculptural beauty of that particular section of the body. For example, I will light and shoot just one antenna, then I will move on to the eye and the lighting set up will change entirely to suit the texture and contours of that part of the body. This process continues until I have covered the whole surface area of the insect.” – Levon Biss
For further information on Microsculpture please visit www.microsculpture.net.