Our world is surrounded by unnoticed wonders, especially to the non-creative eye. Sometimes, artists bring these fascinations to light through awe-inspiring exhibitions. One such exhibition is Microsculpture. Professional photographer, Levon Biss captured the magnificent detail on several insects from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Each tiny creature was given careful attention to produce 3-metre long prints for display. This collection of art seeks to remind us all to look a bit longer and harder at the world around us.
The exhibition itself is a different experience. Insects, which are mere millimeters in length are magnified on larger than life-sized prints. All of the finer details that are invisible to human eye become easily noticeable. The features of the various insects are striking – from sharp colours to patterned crevices. Each insect has a unique and captivating body design. Moreover, it is the first time that most of us will see insects through this lens. The strongest feature of these exhibitions is how they transform something that disgusts us to something that intrigues us. That speaks volumes about the power of art.
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Biss shares a TED Talk where he expresses the story behind his creation and leaves the audience with a simple insight. If we step out of our comforts then we will discover the extraordinary.
TED explains, “Photographer Levon Biss was looking for a new, extraordinary subject when one afternoon he and his young son popped a ground beetle under a microscope and discovered the wondrous world of insects. Applying his knowledge of photography to subjects just five millimeters long, Biss created a process for shooting insects in unbelievable microscopic detail. He shares the resulting portraits – each comprised of 8- to 10,000 individual shots – and a story about how inspiration can come from the most unlikely places.”
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