Guido Mocafico's fascination with Leopold (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) Blaschka's glass models of invertebrate animals (jellyfish, snails, sea anemones, corals, hidroids, starfish, sea-cucumbers, squid, seaslugs and bivalves) and plants are paid homage to in this series, in which Mocafico portrays the Blaschka's dedication to their craft. Originally from Bohemia, but based in Dresden, the Blaschka's were glassmakers working from the mid-1800s until the 1930s. These masterpieces, created over both their lifetimes, are manufactured out of clear, coloured and painted glass and still exist in several museum collectives, including Harvard University Herbaria (Cambridge, Massachusetts), the Corning Museum of Glass/Cornell University and the Natural History Museums in London and Ireland, amongst others.
The Blaschka family made their objects only on commission for the institutions' study purposes at that time, and they were never sold to the general public. Mocafico's fascination with the story behind these has led him to be granted access by the museums' curators to photograph them in his own unique style.
Actually they have been for a few years. Camera stabilizers once were careful arrangements of counterbalanced, weighted arms to hold a camera steady when you moved. They have been indispensable in movie making even though they are difficult to set up and even more difficult to use. Now we have active three axis stabilization gimbals small enough to easily carry in one hand. A variety of models exist. I'm not in the market as they're spendy, but it is remarkable they exist.