A photographic investigation into abstraction found in nature through portraits of ants, a series of detailed full body and close-ups that resemble tufted car seats (an ant eyeball) and the articulated exoskeleton that is the definition of form and function. The inspiration for this body of work began soon after reading E.O. Wilson’s remarkable research on ants. I began a collection that was augmented by a myrmecologist working at the Museum of Natural History. The resulting portraits of extreme close-up imagery, through a high-powered scanning electron microscope, expose nature's designs, and can be equated to both alien forms and our everyday, functional, living experiences.