In his 2014 TED Talk, Louie Schwartzberg shows footage from a film he directed for National Geographic, Mysteries of the Unseen World, in which he examines four kinds of scales: the very big, the very small, the very fast and the very slow. For all its wonder, the work is about more than just the “whoa”-factor; it’s also meant to inspire people to protect the natural world. Below see 8 images and 8 video clips from Schwartzberg’s work over the years.

All images courtesy of Moving Art