Here is a part from the interview:
Using tweezers, gloves and a Leica SL2, Florian W. Müller staged tiny insects in very large settings. The outcome is psychedelic and technically-perfect images that shine a very different light on macro photography.
What photography genre did you work in originally? What does your photographic work normally look like?
My work as an artistic photographer is defined significantly by shapes and abstract compositions, such as multiple exposures or disassociations. In the broadest sense, I do a lot of still life and object photography; but also architecture and landscape. As a commercial or commissioned photographer, I often have people in front of my lens, whether for portraits or company presentations; also cars. In this case, I’m very lucky because, as a result of my artistic work, I’m often given free rein and can even use artistic techniques. For example, for Porsche China I used triple exposures of the car, staging it in different urban settings.
What inspired you to use insects for a photo project?
I’ve been fascinated by insects, since I was a child. My father was a great and knowledgeable friend of nature, and I got that from him. I find the insect world a small and bizarre, but also beautiful, world; one which opens up to you, if you just take a closer look. I’ve been wanting to show this world for a long time; I began purchasing and photographing exhibits years ago. Over the long term, however, it was very cost-intensive, as I didn’t want to keep the specimens – just photograph them.
How did you manage to get hold of the specimens?
Last year I enjoyed a pleasant collaboration with the Senckenberg Natural History Museum in Frankfurt. Through that connection, I got in touch with the Senckenberg German Entomological Institute. The manager there quickly agreed to my request. I was also assigned a colleague, who was very helpful in locating the best specimens from amid the gigantic collection, and who was able to answer all my questions and support me. I was able to build up a little studio at the institute, and worked there for three very enjoyable days in total.