A photograph captures a moment but it does not necessarily render that moment as our eye sees it. A normal lens with a tiny aperture will usually render with overall sharpness. As the lens opens the plane of sharpness narrows until all but a narrow slice of image parallel to the lens is sharp, the rest dissolved in colored light. A macro lens renders greatly magnified subjects with only a thin slice of sharpness. As I look into the camera’s viewfinder I travel through each tiny subject.
Why Bugs? During the five year renovation of our house, I photographed ordinary things that I had never looked at closely. There were plenty of dead bugs: flies, dragonflies, moths, and an occasional butterfly. I have also included a green bug I found squashed on the street in Chicago. Each bug has hidden structures and colors that reveal a world I have never seen before. Also, the areas that are out of focus are filled with light and ambiguous forms that suggest a world we have not seen, a world that invites more than one interpretation. Once more I am amazed that photography can reveal much that our eyes do not see.