The wonderful thing about macro photography is its power to transport us into tiny new worlds. I could never have imagined the bizarre alien landscapes that exist among the spines of a sea star or on the surface of a frozen lake. By focusing our lenses on subjects that are at the edge of human perception, we are able to reveal surprising new insights about even the most familiar objects in our lives.
My favorite part of editing this assignment was what I learned along the way. I found out that soap bubbles can freeze before they pop; I saw how polarized light can reveal psychedelic landscapes; and I gained a new appreciation for the grace of a millipede. There are many images here I will come back to when I need inspiration for my next assignment from National Geographic.
There were so many beautiful images to choose from. I selected photographs that were aesthetically interesting enough to pique my interest, but also contained some new element—either visually or narratively—that kept me lingering on the scene. What I consider interesting, such as the texture of a feather or the behavior of a wasp, is of course biased by my own interests and experiences.