Macro photography is wonderful because it can capture incredible beauty and detail from objects much to small to appreciate in a proper scale. It works wonders for insects, blowing them up to a size they could never hope to achieve in real life. Using this technique, French photographer Pascal Goet has helped highlight humanesque features found in bug shells.
By subtly manipulating and highlighting various details in the shells of beetles and other insects, he can help reveal rather anthropomorphic features hidden within. He does not alter their colour. Instead, he focuses on using changes in light and shadow to allow certain areas to become more enhanced and obvious.
The results are vividly coloured ‘masks’ that would not look out of place in a collection of West African religious and cultural masks. Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of this series is that it is entirely found in nature. These were not artificially assembled, but were simply waiting to be discovered in the shells of insects.