Thursday Salute to Originals: Snowflake Focus

As you tune into the evening news, take a moment to listen to how the winter snowfall is reported in the weather forecast. You will notice that snow is usually described in large volumes, using measurements of its mass intended to intimidate the morning commuters. Phrases such as “eight inches of accumulation”, “hard-hitting snowstorm”, and “cold front” refer to snow as a massive force, a looming entity without individual parts. How often do we step back to appreciate the white fluffy stuff flake-by-flake, millimeter by millimeter?

Macro Detail Snowflake Pattern

In his macro photographs, Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov captures snowflake patterns in such vivid details that, for a moment, we stop complaining about our frosty morning drives. The up-close views of individual flakes reveal details that engage thoughts about the accumulation of snow – how can weather patterns so ominous, so regional, so imposing, be built from these tiny breathtaking building blocks?

Snowflake Crystal Closeup Photo

Snowflake Up Close Detail Photo

Macro Shot of Snowflake Detail

Snowflake Photography Detail of Crystal Pattern

What’s even cooler? Kljatov uses fairly basic equipment in his shooting process, layering lenses with plastic bags and packing tape. He takes the photos right in his own backyard, catching flakes on his balcony and lighting them with an LED flashlight.

Camera Snowflake Detail Photography by Alexey Kljatov

Capturing the originality of nature with simplified, homegrown technology, we salute this artist for reminding us that, sometimes, a little tunnel vision can shake up our frozen perspective.

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