Macro Photos Reveal the Often Unseen Beauty and Diversity of Slime Molds

Slime Mould by Barry Webb

Over 900 species can be identified as slime mold. Formerly thought of as fungi, these small organisms help break down dead vegetation. With so many species, there is a rich diversity to slime mold and this is what first captured the attention of photographer Barry Webb. He'd already been taking photographs of fungi for many years when slime mold caught his attention two years ago. Since then, he hasn't turned back.

Through his macro photography, he brings us into the world of these fascinating organisms. “The incredible diversity of form and color of slime molds keeps me obsessively searching for new species to photograph,” Webb tells My Modern Met. And his photography allows the public to see just how much variety there really is. From colorful spheres to translucent amorphous shapes, the slime molds that Webb captures run the gamut.

Feeding on bacteria, yeast, and fungi, slime molds are organisms that have long fascinated scientists as well as creatives. Each single-cell amoeba is amazingly efficient at finding food and can form large masses in order to engulf vegetation. They produce spores, which get picked up by the wind or animals and this allows them to start life anew.

While most people walk through life without noticing slime mold, Webb's photos prove that they certainly deserve our attention. One look and the next time you wander through the forest or are working in the yard, you'll be scanning for these spectacular alien-like organisms.

If you want to see even more of Webb's slime mold photography, be sure to follow his Instagram, where he often posts photos of his latest finds. Print requests can also be made via the contact form on his website.

Photographer Barry Webb specializes in macro images of slime mold.

coral slime mould

Certaiomyxa fruticulosa

Comatricha Slime Mold

Comatricha

Comatricha nigra with Lycogala epidendrum in the Background

Comatricha nigra with Lycogala epidendrum in the background

Arcyria denudata Slime Mold

Arcyria denudata

Physarum album Slime Mold

Physarum album

These organisms feed on bacteria, yeast, and fungi and help with the decomposition of vegetation.

Lamproderma scintillans on a log

Lamproderma scintillans

Hemitrichia calyculata

Hemitrichia calyculata

Cribraria cancellata Slime Mould

Cribraria cancellata

Slime Mould by Barry Webb

Hanging Fruit Bodies of Badhamia utricularis

Stemonitis on a Larch Twig

Stemonitis on a Larch Twig

Barry Webb: Website | Instagram

All images © Barry Webb. My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Barry Webb.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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