This beautiful coffee-table size book is a work of Christopher Marley that includes not only his exquisite brilliantly photographed insects, some double-paged, but also 12 essays concerning his work. Essays include "Design of Insects," "Insects in Design," "History," "Color," "The Coleoptera Mosaics: An Exercise in Color," "Repetition," "Structure," "Texture," "Variations," "Botanicals," "Size," and "Environmental Effects."
The photographs show real insects in brilliant color. It's hard to believe but true: Marley's insect art is all natural—no color enhancement, digital replication, or any other computer trick is involved in its creation. Insect collection is a boon to rainforest and jungle bug populations: if indigenous people can make money by catching bugs, they are less likely to turn delicate ecosystems over to agricultural use. Loss of habitat, not collection, is the real threat to insect populations.
With over 170 color photographs and 256 pages, this is a spectacular gift for anyone. There are indexes of artworks and specimens, both by common and scientific names, so you can find that special picture again.
About the author: As a teen, Christopher Marley spent 2 years in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. He then studied design at Brigham Young University and worked as a photographer with scores of fashion designers. The assignments sent him to dozens of countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. All he saw and photographed generated a desire to produce a work that would share the awesome variety of insects world-wide. Besides insects, he also has designed items with fossils, minerals, botanicals, bones, and sea life. He has been featured in numerous magazines and his works sold in hundreds of galleries and showrooms world-wide.
Binding: Smyth-sewn casebound book with jacket: 628 pages
Size: 9 1/4 x 12 in.
Environment: Household Use, Book
Shelf Life: NA