Incredible close-up pictures of ice captured in minute detail on the streets of Moscow

Freeze frame: Incredible close-up pictures of ice captured in minute detail on the streets of MoscowThey were taken by Russian photographer Andrew Osokin in MoscowHe braved the cold using Nikon D-80 and D-90 cameras and
special lensesHe doesn't use a studio, just takes pictures of what he sees while walking

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19:10 GMT, 20 December 2012

These spell-binding pictures bring a whole new meaning to the term freeze frame.

They look like painstakingly carved ice art that even the most experienced sculptors would be proud of.

But take a cold, hard look and you will see they are in fact tiny natural ice formations, captured in minute detail.

Andrew Osokin has captured stunning images of ice formations and snow using macro photography.

Frozen in time: These spell-binding pictures look like painstakingly carved ice art that even the most experienced ice sculptors would be proud of

Frozen in time: These spell-binding pictures look like painstakingly carved ice art that even the most experienced ice sculptors would be proud of

Freeze frame: Andrew Osokin has captured stunning images of ice formations and snow using macro photography

Freeze frame: Andrew Osokin has captured stunning images of ice formations and snow using macro photography

Tiny: Some of the icicles are so small they are barely visible tot he naked eye

Tiny: Some of the icicles are so small they are barely visible tot he naked eye

They look like painstakingly carved ice art that even the most experienced sculptors would be proud of.

They look like painstakingly carved ice art that even the most experienced sculptors would be proud of.

Ice art: They look like painstakingly carved ice art that even the most experienced sculptors would be proud of

Frosty: But take a cold, hard look and you will see they are in fact tiny natural ice formations, captured in minute detail

Frosty: But take a cold, hard look and you will see they are in fact tiny natural ice formations, captured in minute detail

The 43-year-old from Moscow captures the beauty of frozen water in its crystal-like form.

He takes to the street and focuses his lens on what he finds and the result is an endlessly fascinating series of unique structures.

He explains: 'I appreciate the beauty of nature so the idea of photographing icicles was the perfect subject for me.'

Using Nikon D-80 and D-90 cameras and special lenses, Andrew braved the Russian cold to capture what he found in the Moscow environment.

'Pictures are not made in the studio, on the street in the frost,' he says.

Once the liquid is completely frozen, the sharp tip of the drop attracts water vapor in the air, much like a sharp metal lightning rod attracts electrical charges.

The water vapor collects on the tip and a tree of small ice crystals starts to grow, as seen above.

Water pretty picture: The 43-year-old from Moscow captures the beauty of frozen water in its crystal-like form

Water pretty picture: The 43-year-old from Moscow captures the beauty of frozen water in its crystal-like form

Water pretty picture: The 43-year-old from Moscow captures the beauty of frozen water in its crystal-like form

Water pretty picture: The 43-year-old from Moscow captures the beauty of frozen water in its crystal-like form

Natural beauty: : He say he appreciates the beauty of nature so the idea of photographing icicles was the perfect subject for him

Street art: Andrew takes to the street and focuses his lens on what he finds and the result is an endlessly fascinating series of unique structures

Street art: Andrew takes to the street and focuses his lens on what he finds and the result is an endlessly fascinating series of unique structures

Brave: Using Nikon D-80 and D-90 cameras and special lenses, Andrew braved the Russian cold to capture what he found in the Moscow environment

Brave: Using Nikon D-80 and D-90 cameras and special lenses, Andrew braved the Russian cold to capture what he found in the Moscow environment

'Pictures are not made in the studio, on the street in the frost,' he says.

On the street: Andrew says the images are particularly powerful because 'pictures are not made in the studio, on the street in the frost.'

On the street: Andrew says the images are particularly powerful because 'pictures are not made in the studio, on the street in the frost'

Charged: Once the liquid is completely frozen, the sharp tip of the drop attracts water vapor in the air, much like a sharp metal lightning rod attracts electrical charges

Charged: Once the liquid is completely frozen, the sharp tip of the drop attracts water vapor in the air, much like a sharp metal lightning rod attracts electrical charges

Crystals: The water vapour collects on the tip and a tree of small ice crystals starts to grow, as seen above

Crystals: The water vapour collects on the tip and a tree of small ice crystals starts to grow, as seen above

Crystals: The water vapour collects on the tip and a tree of small ice crystals starts to grow, as seen above

Frozen still: This could be a bird about to take flight

Frozen still: This could be a bird about to take flight

Crystals: The water vapour collects on the tip and a tree of small ice crystals starts to grow, as seen above

Crystals: The water vapour collects on the tip and a tree of small ice crystals starts to grow, as seen above

Crystals: The water vapour collects on the tip and a tree of small ice crystals starts to grow, as seen above

Blue background: While the coloured backgrounds to Andrew's photographs look set up but are actually natural light from wherever he chose to take the picture

Blue background: While the coloured backgrounds to Andrew's photographs look set up but are actually natural light from wherever he chose to take the picture

Snowflakes: These snowflakes are stuck together in a helix of ice

Snowflakes: These snowflakes are stuck together in a helix of ice

Lucky find: Andrew found this solitary snowflake nestled in the grass as he was walking to his studio

Wintry blue: Andrew says he particularly liked this picture on account of its wintry blue backdrop

Fire and water: Andrew says he particularly liked these pictures on account of their colourful backdrops

Lucky find: Andrew found this solitary snowflake nestled in the grass as he was walking to his studio

Lucky find: Andrew found this solitary snowflake nestled in the grass as he was walking to his studio

Wintry blue: Andrew says he particularly liked this picture on account of its wintry blue backdrop

Wintry blue: Andrew says he particularly liked this picture on account of its wintry blue backdrop

Tree like: Many of the pictures look more like trees than they do icicles