The photos below may look like they been created using Photoshop or assembled together using dead ants, but the ants in these incredible photos are very much alive.

They are the work of Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov, who spends hours setting up each fairytale scene before photographing it with the help of his little art subjects and a macro lens. Andrey has a passion for ants and studied them for a while, what he saw was 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 amazing miniature stage sets.

Andrey says that every summer he moves to a cottage in the countryside to photograph the red forest ants.

When I had children and started reading them fairytales, I realized 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 theater which was a big help when it came to making props. I chose ants because I respect them and their way of life. They care about their children and look after the elderly.

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