By Jack Williams
This photographer’s body of work really is a bug’s life, as he captures the intricate beauty of insects through an array of macro portraits.
Framed like they were studio shots of a human subject, Paul Parent’s images get up close and personal with creatures ranging from wasps to dragon flies.
Throughout the years, Paul, 60, from Montreal, Canada, estimates he has photographed more than 550 different insects in this way.
The photographer, whose series is aptly named ‘Faces’, said: “I look to depict the complex beauty of these insects, which is typically overlooked.
“For each work you need a lot of patience with the insect, a rigid tripod, a long focal lens, 200mm Macro, and a good macro flash.
“I setup my menu on high saturation and venture into the forest.”
The photographer’s journey to discover these insects has taken him from the local Montreal Botanical Garden to the far corners on the world.
When it comes to insects, it’s their ability to do things humans can’t that fascinates Paul the most – as well as their colour, texture and symmetry, which he looks to depict through his works.
Paul first became interested in photography in 1976, and he has been shooting macro portraits such as his “Faces” series since 1998.
He plans to continues shoot more insects for this series going forward, adding: “I still believe that the photographer’s artistic vision counts just as much as the expensive equipment used.”