The Secret Life Of Insects
The Secret Life Of Insects by Joel Adam
My “Bug Set” began when I discovered wasp’s in an alcove of my front porch.
I knew the wasp’s had to go but before eviction I thought I’d exploit these little guys with my iPhone and Olloclip.
I’m not much of a macro photographer. I’ve done the typical flower shots with my own twist and style, some good and some not so good. This was a subject I found worth exploring.
As I took these macro shots I wondered if my subjects had cognitive thought of their observer or were their instinctive thoughts strictly to “protect the hive”.
It was awkward getting these shots. I had to stand on a bench to get real close with the macro. I can honestly say that I wasn’t concerned with being stung. Having a bunch of tattoos means I’m no stranger to the sting. My main concern was dropping my iPhone and Olloclip.
I’ve always envisioned my work being album covers, t-shirts, or any other cover art. Not so much as being framed and hanging in an exhibit. Of course, I have had my work hanging in exhibits and that’s awesome. With this set I experimented with graphic design, texture, abstraction, and of course macro. Apps utilized in this set include Snapseed, VSCO, Repix, Decosketch, Shockmypic, Phonto, Mextures, Halftone, and the Olloclip phone app. My apologies if I’m forgetting any.
I’ve taken close to 70 shots during this set. I didn’t have a tripod or anything to stabilize the shakiness of my hand. At one point I was actually leaning the iPhone against the nest. An obvious invasion of privacy that caused the wasps to to get into attack formation and swarm over my phone. It’s good to have boundaries.
I think not having a stabilizer worked for the abstraction. I’m not know for making pretty pictures and a lack of instruments actually became an advantage in my macro opus.
The bug set, or as I’ve named it “Insect Requiem”, started three months ago. The wasps cannot stay here for much longer but I’ve developed an attachment to my household guests. I guess this happens when you’re working with a particular subject for a long period of time.
I’d be hard pressed to smoke out the wasps with bug spray, so my plan is to simply risk a few stings and remove the comb and let squatters relocate somewhere suitable that isn’t on or in my house.
No insects were harmed in the making of this photo set.
We Are Juxt would like to thank Joel and his insect friends for sitting in and doing a guest spot today. You can find Joel and more of his fantastic art these places:
IPA // Flickr // Eye’Em // Backspaces