The photographs in this picture gallery may look like they been Photoshopped or assembled with dead insects, but the ants in these images are very much alive. Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov spends hours setting up fairytale scenes. He studied ants, and saw that they all follow a very specific path when they’re working. So he put his props on their trail, and photographed the insects interacting with his miniature 'stage sets'.
Mr Pavlov shot the images at an anthill just metres from his home in Moscow, Russia.
The snapper explained: 'For the last seven years I have always had my camera with me, but it was only when I had children and started reading them fairytales that I realised it was something I never did as a child.
That's when I decided to make up for it and start creating some fairytales of my own.
I used to work in theatre which was a big help when it came to making props, and I chose ants because I respect them and their way of life.
They care about their children and look after the elderly. They have lived for millions of years.
I take my inspiration from humans but luckily for me ants are quite inquisitive, which seems to make them very willing participants.
+Darko Krajcinovic Please read my album description. Andrey Pavlov is the artist. I found his photographs on telegraph.co.uk. I'm an art lover, so I had to show his great work here on Google+. I'm sorry I don't find a way to contact him. I'd really like to thank him for his work. I hope that people appreciate him and his work like me. ;)
+wolfgang gross Hey buddy, just wanted to let you and everyone like you know that you are the very definition of retarded. And posting this asinine dribble in almost every "what's hot" stream is ruining my day, and probably a good many other's too. So cut it out and save that crap for somewhere private, because it's literally like public masturbation.
+Alexander Walbersdorf Oh I agree that ants are AMAZING survivalists and colonists. Mother Natures is cool. Unfortunately, my appreciation for their awesome abilities is overshadowed by their incessant need to eat me.
+Alwin Tom I understand your wish for more pictures. Sorry, I can't/won't deliver more. It's on you and everyone (like me) to contact Andrey, if you want more. I love to share/show great art but I also want artists to be paid for their work. A few minutes ago I found Andrey's profile on depositphotos.com, where I can buy my favorite ant photos for a fair price.
Maybe Andrey decides to make new photos if enough people supports him this way!?
I had the pics from +Alexander Walbersdorf 's post earlier (like two minutes ago) and then I am getting the same thing. I had a share earlier too that worked to Facebook, so I wonder if it's a photo server issue. I can imagine the traffic is heavy.
+genesee gbh+Pix Smith Most of the pictures were suddenly flagged, Google didn't tell my why. Now they are visible, again. I didn't ask for a review yet, so it seems that Google decided that everything's ok on its own.
Looks as if someone here in the community had or has his problems with this sort of art and tried to get rid of the pictures, my posting, or myself.
Haters gonna hate
@all Please block me if you don't like my shares!
+Alexander Walbersdorf I really thought it might be a traffic issue. Maybe a flagged comment rolled up to the post. Regardless, it's a great set of photos, and thanks for the info on the artist as well. Call me a follower!