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.
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