As a photographer with a curiosity for how things work, macro photography has always interested me. Flowers, insects, water droplets all reveal inner workings of the world around me. Snowflakes are the best possible example of this: beautiful ice crystals that form in the sky, with directly observable physics to explain how and why they grow into the beautifully unique shapes.
My photography often takes me to the extremes of perception – from star trails to infrared images. However, the tiny scale at which snowflakes exist offers its own unique challenges. In order to create these images that showcase reflective surfaces and interesting colours, snowflakes need to be photographed on an angle. This means that I can only get a tiny slice of focus at a time, and usually need to combine between 30-50 images of the same snowflake at different points of focus to get the entire crystal sharp.
I’m not a scientist, but these enigmatic snowflakes offer me a glimpse at the underlying mechanics of our world. I’m sure they’ll bring out the childhood curiosity in everyone. There’s a book, too.