In ancient Egyptian times insects such as bees, scarabs, scorpions and millipedes were attributed powers of fertility, protection, and resurrection. They were even worshiped as divine aspects of goddesses and gods.

Nowadays most insects are seen as a nuisance to western societies. Often forgetting that nature and mankind urgently need a natural balance, we seem to see generalized “bugs” as inferior creatures that sometimes scare and disgust us.

But given the chance we can see their beauty—even after death.

The series “bejewelled carcasses” is an excursion into the unseen microcosm full of aesthetic beauty that surrounds us, and is the first part of three from my ongoing series “beauty beyond death.”

Since people often fear what they can’t understand, “bejewelled carcasses” gives the spectator the unique opportunity to look closer at these crawling creatures.

Choosing a very shallow depth of field, I allow the subject to merge with the white background, thereby giving the spectator the impression that the individual insect is vanishing into the light, i.e. another dimension.

I try to create images that radiate with minimalist elegance, using the eye of the camera to reveal things that are otherwise invisible to, or not noticed by, the naked eye.

—Patricia Pastore