Thorben Thanks during a conversation with Eckhard Roelcke

Colors invisible to the naked eye: a wasp in a macro shot. (sagaoptics / Thorben Merci)

Photographer Thorben Danke specializes in macro shots of native insect species. In doing so, it wishes to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity. Now her photos can be seen at the Save The Future festival in Berlin.

With climate change and species extinction, humanity faces global and self-inflicted challenges. Berlin’s Save The Future festival, attended by artists and experts from science and society, sheds light on the unbalanced relationship between man and nature.

Preparation and special photo techniques

Photos by photographer Thorben Thank you can also be seen at the festival. He specializes in macro photography of native insects. Most of the animals he represents come from biodiversity research, says Merci. The insects would be drawn into traps to determine the biomass. When the scientists have finished their work, he will have access to the samples.

“The trick is to prepare the insect in such a way that it looks like it’s still alive. There are special tips and preparation techniques that I spend hours preparing until the structure of the image is how it should look afterwards. “

Then he photographs the object in layers from a distance of hundredths of a millimeter and assembles these layers using computer software. Out of pure fascination with the beauty and aesthetics of animals, he specialized in the world of domestic insects, says Merci.

The technical sophistication of nature

“On the one hand, there are the colors that you can’t even see with the naked eye because they blend together from a certain scale. In the case of the tiger beetle, for example, we see a relatively annoying brown on the wings. But if you take a closer look, it sparkles with all the colors of the rainbow. “

He is also fascinated by the technical sophistication of nature, “how insects reproduce, how they feed, how they overwinter”.

With his images he wants to help preserve this diversity and “give insects a face”. The 2017 Krefeld study found “that we have a massive loss of biomass due to the death of insects.” But biodiversity is important to us and a basis for survival, says Thorben, thank you.

The Save The Future festival will take place at various locations in Berlin until August 12, 2021.