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.

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