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More natural beauties

As a sort of follow-up to yesterday’s post, I found this mini-blog post on Treehugger (you all knew I was a closet hippie) about beauty in nature, with two images of bugs covered in various goop – water, pollen, etc. – that were taken as “nature awareness” photos and yet obviously were used in this post for their artistic merit.

Also as part of the follow-up, here is a video of Felice Frankel on WIRED news, in her own words, describing what she does and why she thinks of it more as science. I definitely see where she’s coming from, yet I also think she’s making artistic choices when creating her photos, by adding colors to differentiate items, etc., so if she wanted to she could also call what she’s doing art. Does it all go back to intention? Who knows.

Above all, though, what I think is excellent about both these series of photographs, and especially what Felice Frankel is doing, is that they are attempting to create a dialogue about science and biology and nature using visual descriptions that everyone can understand and connect with.

If you are interested in experimenting not so much with micro-photography but high-speed photography, WIRED also has a video of DIY hero Bre Pettis talking about how to create a high-speed camera yourself. Coincidentally enough, Pettis’ website is currently featuring an artist who combines art, technology, and biology.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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