Suburban Symbiosis – Documenting the insects we share our homes with

An american photographer used a scanning electron microscope to capture the bugs with incredible detail

Suburban Symbiosis – Documenting the insects we share our homes with

Office Building Atrium, September 18th (Unidentified Moth II [David Kariko]

Daniel Kariko is the assistant professor of photography at East Carolina University, where he specialises in using modern technology to document in minute detail the world around us. Zooming in and magnifying insect life, his series Suburban Symbiosis captures the creepy crawlies we share out homes, cars, offices, and clothes with – blowing them up with incredible detail.

“Insects find way into our homes no matter how vigilant we are in our effort to keep the nature on the outer side of our windowpanes,” Kariko says. “During my investigation of suburban experience, I started recording the indoor wildlife consistent with the environment my subdivision occupies.

“Yet, these little (and sometimes not so little) invaders are natural product of our own occupation of their habitat. As we keep expanding our subdivisions to the outskirts of towns, we inhabit recently altered environments. This project investigates the results of our habitat’s expansion into rural areas. Images are meant to be portraits of our often-overlooked housemates.

“The ‘portraits’ are composites of a number of exposures with Scanning Electron Microscope and Stereoscopic Microscope. I carefully arrange the LED lighting, small reflectors, and diffusers, in order to achieve a ‘portrait’-like effect inspired by the tradition of 17th Century Dutch masters.”

You can take a look at the collection in the gallery below: