Afterlife by Heikki Leis Highlights the Attractive Side of Mold

 - Jun 28, 2017
References: wired & behance.net
Anyone who has ever left food to rot too long will be quite familiar with the sight of mold, but few take this and turn it into a passion for moldy photography. But Estonian artist Heikki Leis did just this. After 10 years of photographing and experimenting with moldy subjects, he has released a book called 'Afterlife' that highlights the beauty and complexity behind his subject. The book also contains text describing the author's story and his relationship with mold.

We live in a world where mold surrounds us but goes largely unnoticed. When we encounter mold, it is usually with disgust and contempt but his photographs really do bring forth the captivating and attractive nature of "mold-scapes." Leis would carve sculptures out of vegetables (usually turnips) and leave them to their devices; the resulting moldy photography is unusually captivating.