Photographer takes horror movie-style portraits tiny parasites who look like they are smiling
These images may look like something out of a vintage horror movie – but they are actually real-life portraits of the faces of PARASITES.
Photographer Marcus DeSieno has snapped more than 20 distinct species for the bizarre project inspired by a childhood fear of tiny creatures.
Marcus – who snapped the project for artistic reasons rather than scientific – began the fascinating look at parasites in the winter of 2013.
He began with more basic creatures, such as tapeworms and ticks, before moving on to less-well-known parasites.
Marcus, 25, from Tampa in Florida, USA, takes the parasites to a laboratory at the University of South Florida.
He uses microscope to enhance his subjects up to 300,000 times before taking the picture – which can take up to a whole day.
Once the artist has an image he is satisfied with he works in a darkroom experimenting with different dry plate formulas until getting a vintage-looking work that compliments the parasite’s appearance.
He said: “I’m an artist, not a scientist so I use photography as a tool to explore and investigate the world around me seeking the unseen.
“The original parameters of this project were to confront a deeply ingrained childhood fear of these invisible monsters through the process of collecting and cataloging them with photography.
“As an artist I don’t need to confine myself to scientific accuracy.
“What you see looks like a face but in reality a tick’s eyes are on the back of its body.
“I’m more interested in having people see a face and relate to an alien subject.”