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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'.


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Here are some statements taken from an interview with

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.


I just found his profile on! You can contact Andrey and buy his photos on

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oh i have seen him on natgeo once (yeh i watch weird things about ants) !
That's some great photography!
now there is a way for ants to travel now XD lol
haha ... thats cool :)
Personally not a bug fan but WOW...Amazing!
So...who needs fairy tales?
that is soooo photoshoped!! u guys really think someone could take a pic of tht? wow! thts a fake photo that someone edited and starting saying its real...u guys r so gullible!
Lol well ants hurt u kno but it looks pretty awesome
Oh, I believe it, Alexander - I just can't BELIEVE it! :D

You are a great artist! :)
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+Darko Krajcinovic Please read my album description. Andrey Pavlov is the artist. I found his photographs on 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. ;)

Earth without art is just Eh!

What paience this man has, absolutlely fantastic!
Are you trying to tell me ants can make cars too? Tell that to the
+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.
Gotta love the creativity here. I wonder which shot took him the longest to capture?
+Judy Amendt Thanks! Even if there would be a title on every photo, I would not add it here. I really like the idea that everyone could tell his own story on each photo.
No words I know can express what I think! Awesome just isn't enough!
has anyone told you, you talk alot. dats ok cuz i do too. lol!
What a great series of pictures, thanks so much for sharing.
This is cool and coming from someone who CANNOT STAND ants. Any other insect is cool in my book... but ants... ::shudder::
Ants are cool but I love to kill them. That's the best thing about them.
+Trini Lopez Maybe this changes your POV on ants? IMO they're awesome animals and a proof for the genius of nature.
Gud work, n much respect to d photographer, coz u rili inspired me
+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.
Please we need more....
and how many ants have to die for this?
cool awesome how did he do that amazing is it real?
Great shots. Patience is its own reward.
That is like one of the coolest things i have ever seen! Talk about patience. I really like that.
wow! a veRy amaZing shoT :)
can i ShaRe thiS?
+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, 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!?
these photos have been photoshopped
This is great. Its great that he even got this IDEA.
i do not like ants but that is a funny picture
M Way
I like this one, I find ants very fasinating, It looks to good to be real, but if you say it is, well then it is.
awesome picture!!!!! but it wont change the fact that i don't really like insects!
Love the fantasy theme :3 and of course the cute ants ;)
Just like North Koreans, when they're not marching ants play golf.
Thanks for sharing, perfect visualization explaining the importance of every life to my children...impressive.
these pics are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great artist,unbelievable......he really took a great effort for this..and regards +Alexander Walbersdorf , because of you i saw this awesome pics,thanks a lot.
awsome!!!!!!!!!! like of them
Super. +Alexander Walbersdorf's post in the "Hot on Google" stream with only 2 photos uncensored. Just super. Almost a whole album of black circles with white bars. Really. Super.
Ou have to click on it to see it duh 
All of the pictures in this post are censored by Google+? ... even if you click on them, you still get a black square with the white 'stop sign'.
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.
eek.. have those types of ants at home... they are vicious
that's the real team work

tui yer
wanna know the behind-the-scene
ants are so unite and work hard. We have so much to learn from them. This photograph shows how inteligent they are. 
ants are so unite and work hard. We have so much to learn from them. This photograph shows how inteligent they are. 
Wonderfully imaginative and perfectly executed. Excellent work.
your all gay and stupid go outside and get some exerise you fat asses
+Max Brown hey bro keep it cool no need to bully other sexual orientations. Would it be cool if i walked around saying hey vagina lover? I DON'T THINK SO
How Unbelievable!! Always,Lori H-Smith 25th.April 2012
Very creative indeed..never seen anything like this before
This should be brought to the attention of the +Myrmecology page. This is some excellent photography!
these are meeeeean pics, what you can do these days, absolutely fasinatingggggggggg
Truly amazing. Mr. Pavlov, sir, you are incredible!
superb... its a pride of creativity..
Wow! That is really amazing.
lol do they know what time is it 
i do not believe they know the time 
When I was a child I loved watching ants work they are fascinating creatures .
they really working hard, but so cute
so u like ants ...good !!ants is my enemy i don't like ants..
San Lin
wow nice anim ...
Remembering the ants in T.H.White's. Once and Future King .They seem very lifelike.

He enviado 20 veces mis datos para registrarme en facebook y no hay manera de darme de alta
me lo pueden explicar por favor

wonderful man ..! super coool ..
kya kare bhai tchnology ka jemana h.......
+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!
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