Photography is an art form designed to capture a fleeting moment in time—and we love it. From split-second plays in sports to serene landscapes, each snapshot allows us the opportunity to pause and admire the many sights that we often take for granted.

Photography also gives us a new perspective on the world around us. For instance, macro photography takes the medium to another level, showing us things that can’t be seen by the naked eye.

For Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov, there’s one object that most people rarely think about, but deserves credit for its surreal beauty: snow. It’s true that we often consider it a nuisance—but when you view it under a macro lens, you just might change your mind!

Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov has perfected the art of macro photography, specializing in one single subject.


Up close, the subjects of his photographs look like thin pieces of glass.


In reality, they are extreme close-up shots of beautiful snowflakes.


Alexey sees endless potential in his chosen subject, saying: “Natural snow crystals are amazing objects for macro photography, thanks to their beauty, uniqueness, and unlimited diversity.”


Because every snowflake is different, every photograph captures different patterns, making each image highly unique.


To capture the vivid details, Alexey developed his own macro photography technique, employing a homemade contraption that combines his own camera and zoom lenses.


This woolen fabric is a favorite backdrop: its rigid fibers help suspend the snowflakes, which slows down the melting process. 


The fabric also helps hold the snowflake in place to keep them from blowing away.


Alexey has completed several series of his snowflake photos, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.


He says: “Even after eight winters of regular photo sessions, seeing thousands of snowflakes in all their details, I do not get tired of admiring new crystals with amazing form or an incredible inner pattern.”


Alexey’s photographs give us a brand-new perspective on something we all take for granted come wintertime. The next time you’re stuck in a blizzard, remember these images. You’ll never look at snowstorms the same way again!

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