(Technical difficulties: Stay tuned for the restoration of the above photo gallery.)

We live our lives easily unaware of most of the innumerable beings that surround us. When we do take notice of these creatures, we too often react with unwarranted disgust.

We owe much of our existence to the complex livelihoods of critters many times smaller than ourselves. It is easy to fail to recognize this.

The #ArthropodEmpathy project is a micro-invertebrate portraiture series that aims to rekindle respect and awareness for these lifeforms by presenting them in ways that intrigue curiosity and satisfy human aesthetics.