Photographer Lassi Rautiainen recently captured the profound partnership between a she-wolf and a brown bear in the wilds of northern Finland. For days, he witnessed the strange pair meet every evening to share food after a hard day of hunting. No one knows when or how this relationship was formed, “but it is certain that by now each of them needs the other.” - Source
What interested you about becoming a photographer? – There is something beautiful and scary at the same time how the photographs have the ability to imprison reality, change it, or even create a new one. A photographer is a demiurge, who not only creates but also discloses… particpates in other people’s lives, posseses the past captured by him.
Where do you find inspiration to make your photographs? – I was raised being surrounded by art. Studying fine arts and painting gave me some insight into classic and abstract art. I have a large selection of references ranging from Ancient culture, towards modern literature.
What do you most like to photograph? – As noted by Jerry Uelsmann, “the camera is a fluid way of encountering that other reality..”. Photographers are naturally divided, according to their own inclinations.. I have never been able to capture the real world; I capture feelings, moods, that which is under the surface.
Who are your favorite photographers? – Sarah Moon, Irina Ionesco, Paolo Roversi, Helmut Newton, Julia Margaret Cameron, Joel Peter Witkin…
Insects may be small, but they have some of the most intricate faces in the animal kingdom.
Now a wildlife photographer has captured extreme close-ups of the creepy crawlies, revealing the complex compound eyes of flies, aggressive stance of ants and even water drops clinging onto one insect’s hairy face.
The striking images were shot by 33-year-old Yudy Sauw at his home studio in Tangerang, Indonesia.
His models included a soldier fly, red ant and a longhorn beetle, which he painstakingly watched to get the best shot.
While the creatures may not sound particularly exotic, they are interesting. Soldier flies mimic organ pipe mud dauber wasps and longhorn beetles make pests of themselves by boring into wood to damage trees and houses.
To take his photographs, Mr Sauw placed the insects between half an inch (2cm) and four inches (10cm) away from his camera.
He used specialist lighting and a macro lens on his camera to record the creatures’ portraits, before enhancing them on a computer.
Mr Sauw said: ‘I love macrography because I can see clearly what I cannot see with my normal eyes.
‘I can see the small world of insects, what they look like and what they do.’