I spent the better part of this summer's twilight hours on the trails of Brooklyn's Prospect Park, catching fireflies in the dusklight. Returning to my darkroom at nightfall, I set them free to mingle on photographic paper where they initiated call and response luminescence.These ephemeral pulses of light were recorded as the insects conducted their courtship behavior on the surface of the paper. The brilliant monotone base hues of the prints represent colors extracted from the sky at sunset--the trigger for these insects to begin their evening romances. 14 days of flying, flashing, sex, and then it was all over.
*All captured fireflies were reintroduced back into the park following these sessions.