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Portfolio: He Hated Bugs. So He Photographed Them

By David Schonauer   Tuesday June 30, 2020

Saudi photographer Mofeed Abu Shalwa had an unusual entry into his chosen profession. Shalwa, who specializes in macro insect photography, was actually spurred to pursue his passion by his childhood fear of bugs. Much of Shalwa’s work focuses on scarab beetles and jewel beetles. “Insects, in general, are the first creatures that appeared on Earth—since 435 million years. My attention towards beetles was because they are the highest rank of insects, meaning that 40% of insects are beetles,” Shalwa says.

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