Photographer Jimmy Hoffman aims to uncover the hidden world of insects.

While many people pride themselves on being able to see the big picture, Jimmy Hoffman is much more concerned with honing in on the tiniest of subjects for his pictures. The Netherlands-born photographer, who resides in Spain, has turned a fascination for nature into his art and his business, landing assignments for magazines such as National Geographic and newspapers including Great Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
A butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.

“My main goal is to capture and show the hidden world of tiny subjects like insects,” says Hoffman. “Working at higher magnifications reveals a world of exquisite beauty with a variety of colors, shapes, and patterns.”

Hoffman credits his father for giving him the photography bug, no pun intended. He watched and learned as his father, a hobby photographer, took photos, many of flora and fauna, and processed them in his darkroom. And while Hoffman’s first camera was an analog Pentax, these days he shoots with a digital camera, using a Canon 60mm f2.8 macro lens for most of his shots.

Not surprisingly, Hoffman traverses the globe to find some of his more striking subjects. “I love traveling to tropical countries in Central America and Asia, where the biodiversity is much larger than in Europe and where the animals and plants are often much more eye-catching, colorful, and special,” says Hoffman. But with a keen eye — and good equipment — he’s able to get stunning shots, such as the ones on this spread, near his own backyard in Spain.