This blog post features snail shell macro lens black and white photos of exoskeletons, and a short narrative about how I collected the specimens. I found these specimens in my garden. And subsequently, carried them to the studio for closer inspection. I decided to take snail shell macro photos to show off the intricate details on the baby exoskeleton. Curated here is a selection of my favourite images.
Have you ever stepped on a snail shell? Unfortunately, I have. Nowadays, when I walk on the pathway alongside my garden I try to be mindful of where I’m stepping. Taking care with the placement of my footsteps so as not to stand on a baby snail. From experience, it is indeed unpleasant to hear the crunching sound of the shell beneath your shoe. Accompanied also by the the squishy sensation of the baby snail if it is home. Definitely, an unhappy and terrible realisation for both the snail and I.
Back to the imagery. The black and white photos of the baby snail shells were produced using a macro lens. I used a magnification of 4x for the shell. Primarily, to focus in on the umbilicus and the dorsal. Thereby, showing the whorls and apex of the coiled shell.
If you’ve enjoyed these artworks, similar imagery can be found here: Nature gallery
Subject: Snail shell photos
Style: Fine art
Medium: Photography – digital
Garden snails black and white imagery ©2020