Photographer Turns His Fear of Bugs Into Passion for Shooting World's Smallest Insects, Some Invisible to the Naked Eye

Photographer Turns His Fear of Bugs Into Passion for Shooting World's Smallest Insects, Some Invisible to the Naked Eye

An award-winning macro photographer travels the globe capturing the world’s smallest creatures, some so tiny they’re invisible to the naked eye, despite the fact he says he is scared of bugs!

Mofeed Abu Shalwa is a photographer and scientific researcher from Saudi Arabia. His fascination with creepy-crawlies stems from his fear of them when he was younger. He recalls that a story from his childhood is what led him to the work he now produces.

I used to suffer from insect phobia. This fear grew stronger as my classmates in school used to bring insects with them — and knowing that I’m fearful of insects — they used to throw them on me as a joke. Choosing the world of photography was to be able to break the childhood fear that grew in me since childhood from insects and getting close to them.

Much of Shalwa’s work shows, in great detail, creatures that are often invisible to the naked eye or at least so small that their physical characteristics are hard to see. He uses focus-stacking technology in order to pull off the shots, as it helps create adequate depth of field in his photos.

See more of Shalwa’s work at his Instagram.

All images courtesy Mofeed Abu Shalwa and used with permission.

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Simon Anderson's picture

WoW incredible detail