As butterflies and moths flutter past, it's difficult to see all of the beautiful details of each tiny insect. Biochemist and photographer Linden Gledhill has worked hard to bring those microscopic details to plain view through his incredible macro photography.
Using magnification from 7 to 17 times life size, Gledhill captures complex, repetitive patterns and vibrant colors of the tiny scales that span the surface of each delicate wing. He takes multiple images and stacks them together to produce a single, perfectly crisp composition. Light shining from below or from above changes the appearance of the wings and produces these unpredictably colorful, abstract photographs.
Gledhill says, “I'm completely enchanted by the physical world around me and obsessed by its natural beauty. My career in science has magnified this feeling of awe. For me, photography is a way to capture this physical beauty and to pass this feeling on to others.”