Mottephobia!


It’s been some time! I haven’t done much to show, everything is under development, which is quiet frustrating, but I keep experimenting and sketching, sketching and… sketching.

I started to make new masks for the project and did some silly shots with a projector (which didn’t turned out like I wanted at all).

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Now, getting to the serious stuff. I got a special permission to go through an entomology lab here in my city. The photographs are intended to be manipulated and totally cropped so forgive my lack of composition and balance at all. I tried my best to keep them focused and clean.

At first everything was fun and curiosity as I got to shoot some ladybugs, ants and wasps.

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Then I got to shoot some cute and strange crickets…

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and… yeah, HUGE ones (I still can’t believe those things are real!):

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But, the fun was over when I had to deal with one of my biggest fears: MOTHS.

Obviously I laughed at myself for being so scared over dead insects, but my brain kept imagining all those dusty wings fluttering over me. I actually panicked over this freaking huge moth:

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It was staring at me!

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I relaxed a little bit later as I found some beautiful moths in the collection.

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One of the winners :p

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I personally loved this one, it looks so old and worn-out. Loved the caramel tones too.

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Then I was fascinated with this combination of butterfly-moths. I wasn’t scared at all at this point, but I had to be very careful with them, since the wings are so fragile. I absolutely loved their colors!

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I’m going back to the lab next week to shoot some more noctunidae and some saturnidae. And anything else I find useful for the project.If you have any favorite insect you want to see, just ask! these people really have everything you can imagine there.

Ok, back to my masks.

Bye!

M.

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