Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov has developed the macro-photographic series ‘Ant Tales’. The fantastic compilation of images show ants captured in the moments of spontaneous or choreographed play.
According to Design boom, a lot images show the bugs using props Pavlov has crafted from raw materials from the region such as berries or nut shells.
Each picture is taken at especially close range by the artist,Â documenting his insect neighbors near his rural home in their natural environment.
In particular, Pavlov was inspired by current Euro 2012 soccer and created a series of images of ants playing soccer! (check the gallery above)
He created all sorts of footie scenes – from goals being scored to â€˜keepers making saves, reports The Sun. Dedicated photographer spent hours setting up these intricate scenes.
Pavlov even managed to capture the precise moment the ants lifted the tiny ball in perfect detail by using a special macroÂ lens, writes Daily Mail.
AndreyÂ Pavlov from Moscow says it was his goal to combine his love for football with his passion for photography when creating the magnificent scenes.
The photographer said: “I used to work in theatre which was a big help when it came to making props – and I chose ants because I respect them and their way of life.”
“They care about their children and look after the elderly. They have lived for millions of years.Â I take my inspiration from humans but luckily for me ants are quite inquisitive, which seems to make them very willing participants,” Pavlov said.
“I have created different scenes but the football set are some of my favourites. There’s something about them which is a lot like watching a real game in a big stadium.”
“For the last seven years I’ve always had my camera with me, then when I had children and started reading them fairytales I realised it was something I never did as a child.”
“So I decided to make up for it and start creating some fairy tales of my own. Then I just combined it with football as following football can sometimes be like a fairytale too,” Pavlov added.
Mr. Pavlov doesn’t use any digital effects on his photos, according to the International Business TimesÂ . He uses a macro lens to take close-up photos of ants in fairytale-like settings, from sewing to “weightlifting.”