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Dazzling Photos of Rot and Fungus

These photographs will change the way you look at spoiled food. Posed dramatically in chiaroscuro lightning, they emerge from darkness with its ridges of rot, velvet layers of fungi, bubbles of tinted perspiration. Artist Heikki Leis, born and working in Tartu, Estonia, studied art, masonry and sculpture and his specialty is hyperrealist pen and pencil drawings. He calls this series Afterlife, appropriately. You’ll forget you’re looking at some indistinguishable vegetable. You’ll think you’re looking at alien landscapes or intricate mixed media sculptures, anything but something “dead” and rotting. They’re just so damn pretty.


Photo credit: Heikki Leis

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