Coloured SEM of a cultured cancer cell moving through a hole in a support film. Numerous pseudopodia, fillipodia and surface blebs can be seen and are characteristic of highly mobile cells which enable them to metastasise rapidly.
Sparklers would be a cool example of life for this project. Again, an awesome mood is set by it's own light. And everything els could be edited to be dimmer to draw out the rich color and light of the sparkler.
If you are really interested in photography and thinking about delving deep into this form of the art and you just don't know where to start, I know how you feel! After buying my first DLSR camera (Nikon I started.