I received a wonderful gift from my partner a couple of days ago: an agar plate, originally used to grow bacteria, now contaminated with something I assume is a fungus. The fungal shapes are so exquisite, and I so infatuated with living things in general and tiny living things in particular, that I couldn’t help but set up a tiny fungal photo studio as soon as I woke up the following day. As if that wasn’t enough inspiration-wise, I turned on the How To Destroy Angels EP and started shooting.
Fungi comprise their own kingdom, just like animals, plants and bacteria. The mushrooms we mostly associate with fungi are actually just the fruiting bodies of a much larger entity – an organism mostly made up of tiny hyphae living underground. Many of them live in association with trees in something called mutualism: a relationship where both (or all) parties benefit…
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