Japanese photographer Miki Asai is an incredibly talented macro photographer who explores a miniature world of stones, flowers, water, and insects – mostly within her own garden.She has a knack for shooting the big world of tiny things that can rarely be seen by the naked eye.Her amazing macro photos reflect her magnified worldview, personal passion, and curiosity.It all began when she got her macro lens and started taking beautiful photos in her garden.Asai, who lives on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, is opposed to controlling insects in her macro photography shots.“I learned that when it comes to living things—if you want to achieve the interesting photo look that’s in your head — patience is really the only way,” she said.“You’ve got to use a tripod, an appropriate shutter speed and depth of field, then rely on your own passion and patience.”More of Miki Asai‘s amazing photography can be found at https://500px.com/p/mikichobi?view=photos.
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.” William Blake
I’ve always loved that quotation. Full of imagery, full of chances to make magic. So many imagery paths to choose. But which one?
Who really ever thinks of sand? The dictionary defines sand as “small loose grains of worn or disintegrated rock.” Rock. Building blocks of roads, mountains, and gardens. Boulders and cliffs. Sand is merely the accumulation of hundreds and thousands of years of erosion. Isn’t it?Sand fills our beaches, mixes with our soil, pots our plants. We wash it off our feet and make castles out of it. So versatile, so insignificant.
But if you stop by Dr. Gary Greenberg’s world, you will find grains of sand are so much more than that. For Greenberg, his photography, his art, is a doorway through which we can more deeply embrace nature. His mission is to reveal the secret beauty of the microscopic landscape that makes up our everyday world.
The more I see the intricacies of the world, the more I am amazed. Astounded. And humbled.
See more microscopic visions at www.sandgrains.com.