Vadim Trunov, a self-taught nature photographer based in Voronezh, Russia, takes beautiful macro photos of snails, insects and mushrooms that seem to personify them and weave beautiful little stories around these oft-overlooked creatures’ lives.

Trunov often creates these warm and beautiful moments by manipulating and placing his unwitting subjects, but they don’t seem to mind much. He doesn’t have to go far to find them, either – many of his photos were taken near his home.

Be sure to check out this award-winning photographer’s other photos as well – it looks like the squirrels of Voronezh are especially fond of his camera gear!

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