In fact, zooming in on the microscopic world has become something of an obsession for the keen photographer, and with an international award to now tack to his resume, it seems he’s a talented one at that.
Yet when the call came one evening to say he’d taken out the Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition, the supply teacher from Woodridge State High School went into a mild state of shock.
“I was reeling backwards, I nearly fell out of my seat, because this is not a competition in the area, this is not even a national competition, it’s an international award; 82 countries and 3000 submissions, to me it was quite a mind-blowing revelation!” Grimm laughs.
The educator says his winning photograph, featuring a bee’s eye dotted with pollen, carries a deeper message.
“I was trying to open people’s eyes with the bee eye so to speak, that if we keep on changing our planet the way we do… we are going to be losing a whole lot of other species,” Grimm shares.
Cells, bacteria, protozoa – all are infinitely fascinating, according to Grimm.
Having spent his childhood exploring the banks of the Rhine and the striking Black Forrest in Germany, Grimm’s appreciation for the environment and its many intricacies has steadily grown.
“My grandad, he was a professional photographer so I got my microscope as a birthday present when I was like six years old, so I was curious,” he recalls.
Yet teaching remains Grimm’s primary prerogative.
“I would really like to emphasise that I am doing this work to be some kind of inspiration to the kids.
If I can’t help others with what I do, then what I do is pointless.” he says.