By Mikey Jones
Some photographers will stop at nothing to get the perfect picture and this one is no exception – after spending an entire day being bitten by mosquitoes.
Snapper, Lior Kestenberg, allowed hundreds of mosquitoes to bite him in an effort to get some incredible shots of the pesky blood-sucking insects and the results speak for themselves.
The brave 21-year-old quite literally put his blood, sweat and tears into the project but after 24 hours of being eaten alive managed to capture some amazing macro shots of the dreaded mozzies mid bite.
Lior said: “One day I took a day off from my daytime job and went out with my macro gear to explore a new location for me, hoping to find some tiny creatures I had not encountered before.
“As I wandered through the vegetation with my eyes focused on the ground, I began hearing the occasional buzz in my ears.
“Assuming it was just a very persistent mosquito, I ignored it and kept going only to find myself being surrounded by literally hundreds of mosquitos a few minutes later.
“It was horrible, the annoying buzz became a continuous non stop nuisance, and I could easily see three or four of these bloodsuckers on every one of my limbs at each given moment.
“At this point I believe the average sane human being would have called it a day, returning home and working on soothing the itchy bites.
“Not me. I soon started to think that this could actually become an opportunity to get a very cool shoot at the price of offering myself to the mosquito gods.
“I began shifting my goal from finding some unfamiliar invertebrates to capturing a high magnification shot of a blood-filled mosquito in the middle of its bite.
“I prepared the gear, put on my sweatshirt and its hood, and made sure every bit of my skin is covered other than my left palm.
“I then kneeled with one knee, resting my exposed hand on it and my right hand with the heavy gear on the other, embracing my chosen fate as mosquito food and waiting for them to come.
“After a few minutes of me being sweaty and still, my mosquito mojo started to work its magic and some of the flying vampires took the bait.
“Getting them in focus at this magnification was pretty challenging because of the tiny depth of field, and the fact they finished their bites in less than a minute didn’t help either.
“Unsatisfied with the results I decided to grant them another round. At round two I discovered that there were actually three or even more different species of mosquitoes, and they were very different from each other when seen from up close.
“Once I knew the variants, my goal got tripled as I wanted to get the best shot of each kind. And so, I found myself busy in this human experiment for an entire day.
“Eventually I stopped when the sun went down, with over 600 images of my encounters and quite an itchy hand, but I was very happy with the results and i fulfilled my goals.
“The itching stopped in a few days. It was definitely worth it but I’m not sure I would do it again.
“Most people were incredibly supportive, telling me they were amazed by the details I managed to capture. others called me crazy.”