Marcus Jooste uses macrophotography and props like mushrooms and flowers to create a fairy-tale world, with a common garden snail called Vincent in the main role.
Marcus Jooste grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe and was fascinated by butterflies and other insects from a young age. That fascination grew into a love for macrophotography; his camera, like a magnifying glass, revealing the miniature world right under our noses. Eventually, one humble creature began to dominate the limelight – a common garden snail called Vincent. ( Vincent made his debut in go! #113) For Marcus, Vincent is a character who inhabits a fairy-tale world; a world that the photographer constructs using props like mushrooms, leaves and flowers, and which he brings to life using various lighting techniques. “I strive to get as much right in-camera as possible,” says Marcus, who only tweaks things like sharpness and colour in Lightroom. “I consider myself a photographer and not a digital artist.” He’ll play out a narrative in his head for days and then painstakingly create the set – sometimes indoors or outdoors in the garden. Only when everything is perfect is it time for the star of the show to take to the stage…
MARCUS JOOSTE Marcus lives in Lusaka, Zambia, and travels extensively for his work in the commercial refrigeration business. Visit 500px.com/marcus-jooste to see more of his work.