“All the best work is done the way that ants do things — by tiny but untiring and regular additions.” So wrote the author Koizumi Yakumo, commenting on the way ants accomplish herculean tasks slowly, little by little.
This time-lapse ant film is making the invisible visible.
Let’s talk about ants for a moment.
To us they may seem small and insignificant, but ants are great instructors on the subjects of community and working as a team.
Although much of their lives take place out of sight from human eyes, ants build massive colonies, raise innumerable offspring, and provide for themselves working in tandem, making sure their efforts are coordinated and efficient. These tiny creatures can bear a great burden, and they can move things together when the load is too heavy for one individual to carry.
Louie Schwartzberg is a storyteller and filmmaker who has been shooting time-lapse photography of nature, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, non-stop. His work compresses time and put you in sync with different forms of life within our interconnected world.
His work makes the invisible visible.
Louie’s work directs the viewer’s focus back to nature, taking a closer look at subjects we encounter every day but do not often pause to consider—such as ants. Louie’s photography adds scale and scope to these subjects, allowing us to understand them on a deeper level.
“I think we need to do some deep soul searching about what’s important in our lives and renew our spirit and our spiritual thinking, whether it’s through faith-based religion or just through loving nature, or helping your fellow man,” says Louie.
Perhaps we can learn from the example of the ants.
Keep checking our Making the Invisible Visible series for more time-lapse films.
“I’ve spent my life capturing beautiful images,” says Louie. “And whether in wilderness or in the downtown of a giant city, I find connections, universal rhythms, patterns and beauty that I recognize as a part of me, a part of all of us that celebrates life. It’s my great pleasure to share with you that energy which inspires me; this great visual beauty of our world.”