The children of the night get their closeup

A moth the hue of this
Haunts Candles in Brazil.
Nature's Experience would make
Our Reddest Second pale.

Nature is fond, I sometimes think,
Of Trinkets, as a Girl.

—Emily Dickinson (1864)

Photographer Joseph Scheer had an opening tonight for the launch of his large-scale prints in the Bergdorf Goodman Fifth Avenue windows. The group of photographs documents moths, some of nature's most elusive pollinators. Many of these insects work the graveyard shift, evading predators while visiting night-blooming, often fragrant flowers. These surreptitious traits inspired Scheer's interest in them as mysterious creatures of the night that function outside the normal boundaries of daytime society. 

His work is available through Ruby Beets Gallery in Sag Harbor, NY.

In his book Night Visions: The Secret Designs of Moths, Scheer said that moths outnumber butterflies by eight to one.

If you'd like to identify the species of moths that haunt your window screens this summer then take a look here


Francine Gardner said...

Just stumbled on your blog...absolutely beautiful. i love the quality of the images. I just did a small "curiosite" installation in my new York showroom and these pieces are so inspiring. Thank you

Stephen Orr said...

Thank you so much for the compliment Francine! We'll see how long I can keep it going