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Suburban Symbiosis: Supreme Close-Up Photographs Of Insects In Our Homes

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Front Porch, Doormat, August 14th [Dryophthorine Weevil]

Front Porch, Doormat, August 14th [Dryophthorine Weevil]

Daniel Kariko, Assistant Professor of Photography at East Carolina University, uses technology to record the world around us. He zooms in on insect life, creatures in our homes, around our heads, on our clothes and by our feet. In 1909, the microscope allowed us to see God’s design in the minute. In the 21st Century, new instruments enable us to peer even closer, exploring our own world as never before.

The artist explains:

“Insects find way into our homes no matter how vigilant we are in our effort to keep the nature on the outer side of our windowpanes. During my investigation of suburban experience, I started recording the indoor wildlife consistent with the environment my subdivision occupies.

“In the Southeast, the seasons can be measured by the occurrences of different insect swarms. Insects represent almost 85% of all known animal species. Taxonomists name and describe about 2000 species of insects annually. Unfortunately, many species of insects will become extinct before they are even discovered, due to habitat loss and other environmental problems.

“Yet, these little (and sometimes not so little) invaders are natural product of our own occupation of their habitat. As we keep expanding our subdivisions to the outskirts of towns, we inhabit recently altered environments. This project investigates the results of our habitat’s expansion into rural areas. Images are meant to be portraits of our often-overlooked housemates.

“The ‘portraits’ are composites of a number of exposures with Scanning Electron Microscope and Stereoscopic Microscope. I carefully arrange the LED lighting, small reflectors, and diffusers, in order to achieve a ‘portrait’ – like effect inspired by the tradition of 17th Century Dutch masters.”

Seen up close, we can alter our view of these ‘pests’. The moth looks alert and loveable; the weevil might get its own cartoon, with the golden paper wasp as its cute and dumb sidekick; and cuckoo wasps come from other planets.

 

Back Yard Porch, September 12th [Red Carpenter Ant II]

Back Yard Porch, September 12th [Red Carpenter Ant II]

Carport, August 18th [Wheel bug]

Carport, August 18th [Wheel bug]

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Front Yard, Bench, May 23rd [Bush Cricket]

Front Yard, Bench, May 23rd [Bush Cricket]

Window Planter Box, May 12th [Potato Bug]

Window Planter Box, May 12th [Potato Bug]

Office Building Atrium, September 18th [Unidentified Moth II]

Office Building Atrium, September 18th [Unidentified Moth II]

Window Screen, August 1st [Cuckoo Wasp]

Window Screen, August 1st [Cuckoo Wasp]

Parking Lot Sidewalk, August 16th [Green June Beetle]

Parking Lot Sidewalk, August 16th [Green June Beetle]

Back Yard, Pathway, July 17th [Golden Paper Wasp]

Back Yard, Pathway, July 17th [Golden Paper Wasp]

Apartment Sidewalk, September 8th [Dragonfly]

Apartment Sidewalk, September 8th [Dragonfly]

Front Bathroom Window Screen, March 8th [Forage Looper Moth]

Front Bathroom Window Screen, March 8th [Forage Looper Moth]

Office Hallway, October 3rd [Green Bottle Fly]

Office Hallway, October 3rd [Green Bottle Fly]

Kitchen Windowsill, September 14th [Mosquito]

Kitchen Windowsill, September 14th [Mosquito]

Window Frame, Living Room, May 14th [Crane Fly]

Window Frame, Living Room, May 14th [Crane Fly]

Office Hallway, October 22nd [Unidentified Moth]

Office Hallway, October 22nd [Unidentified Moth]

Bathroom Rug, August 2nd [Carpet Beetle Larvae]

Bathroom Rug, August 2nd [Carpet Beetle Larvae]

Back Porch Screen Door, August 23rd [Brown and Black Paper Wasp]

Back Porch Screen Door, August 23rd [Brown and Black Paper Wasp]

House Siding, March 9th [Red Carpenter Ant]

House Siding, March 9th [Red Carpenter Ant]

Front Door Step, August 28th [Scaly Cricket]

Front Door Step, August 28th [Scaly Cricket]

Top of the Parking Meter, August 3rd [Baby Mantis]

Top of the Parking Meter, August 3rd [Baby Mantis]

Inside Hallway Window, May 10th [Green Lacewing]

Inside Hallway Window, May 10th [Green Lacewing]

Front Bathroom Rug, August 4th [American Cockroach Nymph]

Front Bathroom Rug, August 4th [American Cockroach Nymph]

Front House Steps, July 12th [Carpenter Bee]

Front House Steps, July 12th [Carpenter Bee]

Top of the Recycling Bin, May 8th [Leaf-Footed Bug]

Top of the Recycling Bin, May 8th [Leaf-Footed Bug]

Balcony Screen Door, May 15th [Horse Fly]

Balcony Screen Door, May 15th [Horse Fly]

Kitchen Window Screen, July 3rd and July 14th [Two Weevils]

Kitchen Window Screen, July 3rd and July 14th [Two Weevils]

Wood Stack, Back Patio, October 9th [Blister Beetle]

Sidewalk Crack, September 24th [Bee]

Sidewalk Crack, September 24th [Bee]

Under the Table, Back Porch, May 6th [Kudzu Bug]

Under the Table, Back Porch, May 6th [Kudzu Bug]

 

 

  • sampoerna quatrain

    Beautiful! Absolutely amazing!