Pacal Goet Highlights Masks Hidden in Bug Shells

Using macro photography, French photographer Pascal Goet highlighted humanesque features found in bug shells. By subtly manipulating and highlighting various details in the shells of beetles and other insects, Goet can help reveal anthropomorphic features hidden without altering any colors. Instead, he focuses on using changes in light and shadow to allow certain areas to become more enhanced and obvious.

The results are vividly colored ‘masks & totems’ that would not look out of place in a collection of African masks. Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of this series is that it is entirely found in nature. These were not artificially assembled, but were simply waiting to be discovered in the shells of insects.