Extreme magnifications allow us to enter a fantastic world. Swiss scientist and photographer Martin Oeggerli captures below-the-radar life.
Swiss Martin Oeggerli is both a scientist and a photographer. “I love to explore hidden places and mysterious creatures—the ones that get left behind on the list of people´s most adored pets—living orphans. Concealed by [their] size, various forms of life spend their time quietly, just below the radar of the human eye,” he tells National Geographic Magazine, which, along with the BBC, Nature and VOGUE, has published his stunning photographs. Also known as Micronaut, Oeggerli uses scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for his images, going far beyond traditional photography. With magnifications of up to 500,000 times, his images make it possible to see unnoticeably small structures of organisms.