If you like snails, you’ll love them even more now.
And, if you’ve never been a fan of the little shelled creatures, you might start looking at them in a different light after taking a peek at these fantastic photos.
A talented nature photographer, Vyacheslav Mishchenko, has compiled a collection of amazing macro photography shots.
He takes photos that expose the small wonders of the natural world, showing viewers tiny things they would have never seen.
Gazing at his photos is almost like looking through the eyes of an insect, a lizard, or, in this case, a snail.
Mishchenko prefers to shoot the stars of his shots while they’re in their natural habitats. But that doesn’t mean that the results aren’t extraordinary. The shots are so awe-inspiring that the creatures in his photos almost look like they’re posing for the camera.
His collection includes everything from spotted ladybugs to balancing frogs, but he has a special place in his heart for his little shelled friends. Mishchenko stated, “I photograph all insects but snails have touched my heart particularly. I think that snails are simply extraordinary not only in their shape and form but also in their beauty and behavior. They are magic creatures for me.”
Mishchenko has been interested in the miniature natural world since he was a young child. On his interest in the subject, he explained, “As a child, my father taught me to hunt mushrooms near my home and we would always come across all manner of bugs and creatures.” As he got older, his fascination with photography grew as well.
His father was a freelance photographer and influenced Mishchenko’s own technique. Deciding to catch the enchanting small scenes on camera, he observed his father’s art and learned it himself. He took his first macro shot at the young age of 10 years old.
Because Mishchenko’s shots are captured in nature, he admits that his photos are partially due to the luck of being “in the right place at the right time.” It takes considerable patience and devotion to capture such magical scenes.
He recommends that aspiring photographers who wish to capture similar moments be patient. He also offers other suggestions: “to develop artistic taste, to be romantic and…to love nature.”
Mishchenko’s goal is “to show the beauty of the world around us”. From the look of his photos, I’d say he’s successful.