Six years old and going strong, Circulation(s) is a Paris-based festival that showcases young and emerging photographic talents from across Europe. In the weeks leading up to this year’s edition, we will be sharing some of our favorite photographers from the program. We’re also excited to be working with Circulation(s) as an official media partner. Look out for more information regarding the festival in the weeks to come!

In the “Urban Insects” series I seek the hidden meaning of the objects existing in our urban environment. The objects I have chosen are vehicles, photographed in car repair shops and on construction sites.

But most unusually, I photograph my subject from an odd point of view: from the asphalt. When viewed from below, the machines come to resemble huge insects. The complex tangle of powertrains looks like the organs of a living creature.

I began, at first, with a bicycle and I have taken on increasingly large subjects as time has gone on. In order to shoot the bigger ones, I lift them up to an appropriate height so I can get under them. For cars, this was achieved at a car repair shop. For the excavator and train—well, I needed a bit more help.

Below, I have included a video about the lifting and the shooting of the German train locomotive. This is my largest “urban insect” to date—but hopefully not my last!

—Yasena Popova