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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.

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