Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam exhibit - bee butterfly insect vision reflected UV photography video

In June this year, one of the oldest botanical gardens, 375 years old, the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam, The Netherlands will host an photographic art exhibition called "Photosynthesis", 1 June - 16 Sept 2013 of art group Tropisme. Together with curator and long time animation artist Robin Noorda I have contributed some of my works, which were made into a video presentation, named "Insecta Spectra".

Some of my works such as these were included, as well as an explanation of the background of insect vision in comparison to our human vision.

Insects (butterflies, Bees, ...) and animals (birds, fish, degus,..), at least some specialized ones, are able to see in ultraviolet (UV) light. Bees for instance can see Green and Blue and UV, but no RED, but butterflies and birds can see Red, Green and Blue and UV, so both can see what we humans cannot see - UV. To make that visible for us humans, I developed an optical mapping method, which allows to simulate, how we would see the world, if we had such special receptive eyes.

Have a look at the preview video clip [click]:
The whole Tropism Photosynthesis presentation for Hortus Botanicus may be seen here on their site.

I hope you enjoy the beauty of flowers in different visions!

Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...

More info on this very interesting field may be found on my site http://www.pbase.com/kds315/uv_photos