There are many small worlds that are not visible to the naked eye. One of those worlds is the world of insects that, if you look closely through the macro lens, may seem extremely alien to us. Award-winning photographer Mofeed Abu Shalwa from Saudi Arabia captures this alien world of insects and shows us the undiscovered beauty of these creatures.
Shalwa has traveled around the world and to more than seven forests, including Austrian forests, Amazon forests, and forests in Malaysia just to photograph these creatures. It was not a simple task as he had to study their presence and then search for them. Most of them are threatened with extinction. The photographer uses a focus-stacking technology to get sufficient depth of field and capture the stunning faces of these small creatures.
What’s really interesting is that his love for macro photography started with his phobia of insects. To overcome this, he started to photograph them, and later on, this became his passion. “I actually started photography since 2010, and before that date, I used to photograph travel trips with my family since childhood. I have tried all genres of photography... but I stopped at photographing macro due to a very funny story, which is my fear of insects in my childhood. This fear grew because my colleagues at school came with these insects, and they knew that I suffered from an insect phobia. They used to throw them at me for fun until the idea of extreme fear developed throughout those years and the experiment was repeated many times,” explained the artist to Bored Panda.
Spotted Weevils Family
“When I acquired the photographic equipment later, I experimented with photographing people’s lives, photographing travel, photographing nature, etc... I knew that there was an axis for macro photography that focuses on accurately photographing insects. I have a great blog of my works on the global website youpic. The number of observations of my works has reached more than 10 million views. I’ve also received 147 international awards in the field of photography.”