A New Zealand Cave Transformed by Glowing Worms

The images from Joseph Michael’s latest series “Luminosity” could easily be mistaken for a far-off alien planet or a poisonous landscape from prehistoric Earth. But they’re actually from modern-day New Zealand, deep within its 30-million-year-old limestone caves. Using creative LED lighting and extra-long exposures, the Auckland-based photographer captured bioluminescent worms as they transform the caverns’ ceilings into magical, star-filled night skies. Michael hopes to eventually turn the series into a full multimedia exhibition but, for now, head to The Verge to experience the awe-inspiring glow.