Give me a “J”
I have an interesting and perhaps ambitious goal – to photograph caterpillars posing in the shapes of letters of the alphabet. I do not know, yet, whether I want to try to have a consistent background or if I want to go for bright colors and contrasts. I also do not know how possible it will be to successfully wrangle caterpillars into, say, the letter “M”. It is not something I am going to lose sleep over, but I might try posing caterpillars with a paintbrush while I’m photographing them for other purposes.
Since I am studying Acronicta, I will at least be able to get the letter “J” pretty consistently. It is their characteristic resting pose, like this A. rubricoma. I was trying to photograph it against a white background when I realized it made the setae nearly invisible – but on the red paper, wow did the fuzziness pop!
What do you think? Do you think I should try it? Do you think it would work as a poster, sort of like the ones you see with butterfly wing patterns?