S’porean’s macro photography reveals all the weird & wonderful species of insects on this island
Such is the mind-boggling beauty and diversity of creepy crawlies in Singapore.
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Now here’s a part of Singapore I bet you’ve never seen before.
A Singaporean photographer, Nicky Bay, uses macro photography to capture the weird and vibrant fleeting world of insects that reside locally but would normally escape the human eye.
For those who are not in the know, macro photography is extreme close-up photography of very small subjects where the size of the subject in the photograph is enlarged hundreds or thousands of times in high definition to be greater than life size.
The quality of his shots look like those you marvel at in National Geographic, fit to be accompanied by Sir David Attenborough narration. The minute, never-before-seen details of the tiniest of creatures get blown up to such an extent you can see the insects facial features that are ripe for anthropomorphisation.
On Bay’s blog, where he chronicles some of his shoots and puts up stunning macro photographs of insects, arachnids, and fungi, he wrote that he took some 20,000 photos from 46 field trips in 2014 alone.
It was also a milestone year for him in 2014 as he held his first overseas photo exhibition in France for two months.
This is impressive considering he started macro photography in May 2008.
Here are some of his macro photos of insects found in Singapore. All images are republished from his blog with permission:
Caged pupa (Cyana sp.) Metamorphosis almost complete. The wings, eyes and antennae are already visible! The cage made of spines from the larval (caterpillar) stage has served its purpose well, protecting the pupa from potential predators.
You can check out this video of Bay talking about his photography:
In the video, this is what Bay had to say about what was the worst and best parts of doing his kind of photography:
“The downside of macro photography is that we are always out in nature. So, we’re exposed to various elements like rain or mosquitoes or other insects that bite, and not to mention, other snakes or leeches. And most of the time you have to sweat a lot.”
“The upsides will be the thrill in finding a new behaviour, something that no one has ever seen before. Because in the world of nature it is so vast it is actually quite possible for an amateur photographer to chance upon some things that’s never been recorded in science.”
All images by Nicky Bay