Joni Niemelä is a nature photographer from Finland. With an interest in macro photography, Niemelä captures moments in nature featuring all details that would otherwise be unnoticed. We sat down with the artist who answered some questions about his incredible work!
Where do you grab inspiration for your work?
Mostly from the nature around me. Music has also great impact on my works when I’m doing postprocessing for the photos.
What brought your interest to macro photography?
I have always been interested in details and especially in small details. Macro brings out a whole other world and is totally a different way to look at things around you. I also wanted to show everyone else all these small things that you may not otherwise notice or even know about.
Why do you photograph nature?
I’ve always been close to nature which of course has had a strong impact for my photography and that’s also one of the main reasons why I photograph nature. Nature is also a nice way to get a break from everything else, so what’s better than take a camera with you and save those moments.
What do you try to portray in each image?
Mostly those details that usually get overseen. It’s great joy to find and record some interesting pattern, shape or just some particular plant no one has ever seen before.
What is your favorite image? Why?
I don’t think I have one single favorite because each one has some unique feature which made me want to keep that image. One photo that I’m very pleased of is of an ant spraying acid on a block of ice. That one involved a lot of luck and patience which makes it important to me.