October 31, 2003

hi-res moth scans

From Sasha:

speaking of insects, an artist named Joseph Scheer has figured out a way to put moths on a scanner to create high-res images. he's come out with a book and the images are pretty miraculous. i love the way that the little fibers of their bodies get flattened against the scanner glass.

Uncommon Vision @ National Geographic Magazine

Posted by brainsik at October 31, 2003 11:12 AM | TrackBack

I saw a copy of this book in Cody's today.
It really is beautiful(and HUGE!) but it came at the expense of lots of little moths lives(I imagine lots of duplicates and ugly ones never made it in). So whats the point? It just seem like an artist has made another big coffee table book for a big chunk of change...Essentially there doesn't seem anything artistic about it, other than the white page backgrounds which remind me of the white walls in galleries. I'm not saying that there might be something wrong with artists presenting themselves under the guise of science giving legitimacy to work which is based in beatification of mortification. If you thought that you'd be wrong, I not saying anything like that at all.

Posted by: richard at November 9, 2003 10:06 PM