Text by Miranda Gavin

Alongside flora and fauna, fungi possess a kingdom of their own and are essential in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. It is to this realm that photographer and filmmaker Roy Mehta turns his attention.

As he forays in his local forest, Mehta lights the miniature worlds that he chances upon in his woodland scenes to highlight their sculptural forms and subtle shading. Expressed through the personal and intuitive, Mehta’s series of photos emphasizes aesthetics and wonder and, as such, they are removed from the sober taxonomical approach found in flower and plant photographs used in field identification books.