I am a Brazilian biologist and visual activist. Although I have experience photographing wildlife and some traditional cultures around the world, my latest photographic projects have been revolving around diversity issues related to social and environmental vulnerability in Brazil.
At a time when Vietnam's younger generations seem to forget their traditions to embrace the influences of the West, I came across what appeared to be a symbol of the local resistance: two men entertained in a game board lit by candlelight on a quiet street of Hoi An. Despite being a major tourist city, these two men did not care about the movement in nearby streets.
Insects outnumber the diversity of all other animals combined. If all vertebrates vanished from the planet, the disruption to life would be much less than the catastrophe that would follow if insects disappeared. Without insects, ecosystems would collapse. This series brings insects as protagonists to draw attention to the role diversity plays on Earth, it is the primordial material from which life has been evolving.
A macro photography approach gives us the chance to explore details and wonder about their natural history, once such details may not be visible to the naked eye.
Nevertheless, despite our fascination with the microcosm, we overlook its most valuable lesson: diversity is the key to keep us evolving as a species. It has lost its real meaning to the word tolerance and it is time we claim it back to learn not only to evolve but to coevolve... To coexist.
Over 40 insects were photographed at the Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo (USP). The animals portrayed vary from 1 to 10 cm and the macro scale images were achieved by the use of the focus stacking technique associated with the assembly of panoramas for specimens larger than 3 cm.
Magnifications can go up to 80 times the real size of the animals when printed in high resolution.
After analyzing almost 3000 images, the curators Anna Karina Castanheira Bartolomeu, Gabriela Sa and Madu Dorella selected photographs taken by 42 authors addressing issues related to the construction of identity for the exhibition at the 10th Tiradentes Photography Festival.