A Real Bug’s Life: Leon Bass
Though, by and large, we experience life more or less in the middle of things, there is an enormous amount of beauty to be found at the extremes, in the realms of the very large and of the very small. In the realm of the very large are things like galaxies like Andromeda or nebulae such as Orion; great illuminated clouds of stellar gas and dust that span, literally, trillions of kilometers. At the other end is the realm of the very small, which is where Dutch photographer Leon Bass spends a great deal of his time. Bass photographs insects, which on the surface isn’t all that unique, but the way he photographs them is stunning. Not only are they tack sharp, which is a feat unto itself with such shallow depth of field (especially on moving targets), but they are also superbly lit. Leon Bass has managed to make wonderfully engaging portraits, using subjects that may, at least for some, incite a case of the willies if encountered in the wild.