The high magnification photographs of Levon Biss display the insect world in a unique and breathtaking light. Their scale and resolution not only reveal the unexpected and often breathtaking beauty of insects, but also make clear the many intricate adaptations to their form—what entomologists call microsculpture.
Levon Biss explains the process:
Each image from the Microsculpture project is created from over 8,000 individual photographs. The pinned insect is placed on an adapted microscope stage that enables me to have complete control over the positioning of the specimen in front of the lens. I shoot with a 36-megapixel camera that has a 10x microscope objective attached to it via a series of bespoke lens tubes.