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Butterfly wings spread art work in black and white
Butterfly wing art, photographed with a macro lens.
Butterfly wings art work in black and white

Butterfly wings art

I found this butterfly in a dark corner of the living room in my apartment. I was hopeful the butterfly was alive. However, the butterfly appeared lifeless. I tried to bring it back to life. But failed in my attempts. Butterfly wings art is a collection of black and white experimental photographs.

What are butterfly wings made of?

A macro lens was used for an extreme close-up picture of the wing detail. With so much texture in the wing I was curious as to what it is made of. The answer was close-by. I learnt that the wing scales are tiny overlapping pieces of chitin. Outgrowths of the body wall and are modified, plate-like setae (hairs.) Fascinating!

Black and white butterfly art

As the wings were quickly crumbling, I wanted to preserve what was remaining of the butterfly through an image. In an attempt to produce a spread wing picture, I mirrored a single wing photo. Flipped the image, and joined the two frames together. An experiment to see what the symmetry and pattern would reveal. Could I create a realistic butterfly spread wing artwork? The natural patterning is exquisite. A realistic representation of a butterfly wing it is not. However, an interesting study.

Butterfly symbolism

Apparently, black Butterflies are symbols of potent transformation. Seeing a completely Black Butterfly is often a sign that something in your life is up for review, and that you would benefit in letting it die and fade away.

I love butterflies, and if you do too, there’s some more butterfly photography studies in a blog post from the Kuang Si Butterfly Park in Laos.

Macro photography black and white butterfly Tahnia Roberts ©2021

Tahnia Roberts

Author Tahnia Roberts

Tahnia is a visual storyteller who uses photography to explore, investigate and document her surroundings. An avid collector of found objects which frequently become still life compositions. Black and white photography is her preferred medium. Born and raised in New Zealand, she currently resides in Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia.

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