It’s neither an alien, nor an artist’s delusion hell-bent on depicting devils, nor the latest surrealistic madness of Dall-e’s AI. What you see here is a portrait, an extreme close-up of a royal creature that breathes, feeds and roams peacefully on this planet of ours just like you or me. What you can see here, with those two cinnabar-colored dots, that kind of jaw and a half-smile worthy of encouraging nightmares, is nothing more or less than an ant.
Yes, enlarged five times under a powerful microscope
The picture Eugenijus Kavaliauskas has captured it and although it could well aspire to the great gallery of microscopic horrors or inspire the make-up artists in charge of recreating Tolkien’s orcs, his intention in taking it was different: to participate in the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest.
A matter of perspective
Dr. Kavaliauskas did not manage to sneak it into the top 20 according to the jury, nor even appear on the list of 15 honorable mentions; but yes in the gallery “distinguished” images. And from that select catalog of photomicrographs to viralization on networks, of course, it took half a breath.
Kavaliauskas took out his camera and magnifying glasses and imagination takes care of the rest. With its colors, mixtures of earthy ochres and bloody red, the photo, which its author has titled “Ant (Camponotus)”, looks like the very portrait of one of the creatures of the underworld.
No, this isn’t some alien monster out of a horror movie, this is an actual photograph of an ant using a magnifying lens. Nikon awarded it an ‘Image of Distinction’ this year.
Sleep well, my friends, and appreciate the blessings of size that your Lord has given you over this 😎! pic.twitter.com/ayVOhh6ZLP
— Dr. Yasir Qadhi (@YasirQadhi) October 20, 2022
He, everything is said, does not see it that way.
“When I started microphotography I also thought that all beetles they looked like monsters —Kavaliauskas explains to Insider—. Worse now I have gotten used to it and I am amazed that there are so many interesting, beautiful and unknown miracles under our feet”.
His goal in portraying nature with lenses capable of showing even the most delicate membranes and filaments is in fact, he confesses, to hunt “invisible details, shadows and corners”. “I am fascinated by the Creator’s masterpieces and the opportunity to see the designs of God”.
— JCLM (@Vacuno) October 19, 2022
And in case there are any doubts, Kavaliauskas, a Lithuanian photographer specializing in wildlife and who has won the occasional award with his images of birds of prey, emphasizes: “There are no horrors in nature”. Seeing the creepy work of him or that of other contestants in Nikon’s Small World, it is not hard to believe that there are those who think otherwise and believe they are in Lovecraft’s universe.
To the, abounds Insideryour photo has earned you $35 worth of Nikon gear.
More than one will probably have fed the occasional nightmare.
Cover image: Patrickkavanagh (Flickr)