National Geographic Live: Beauty and the Bizarre

When Anand Varma takes a photograph of a parasitic wasp consuming a caterpillar from the inside, he doesn’t want you to be disgusted. He wants you to be astonished. After all, he’s devoted years of his life to perfecting his techniques to create dramatic, bizarre — and beautiful — images of the miniature world around us. In these truly unique images, he reveals the secret life cycle of the honeybee, captures the lightning-fast behaviors of hummingbirds and offers a rare glimpse at our world's small wonders.

This event is presented by the Seattle Symphony.

Benaroya Hall Events

Dates and Tickets

  • 19 Mar (Sun) 2017 2:00PM
  • 20 Mar (Mon) 2017 7:30PM
  • 21 Mar (Tue) 2017 7:30PM


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


Anand Varma

Photographer Anand Varma grew up exploring the streams and wooded lots near his childhood home in Atlanta, Georgia. Varma now helps biologists communicate their research through photographs. His work tells the story behind the science on everything from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian diseases and mangrove forests.