Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Theater of Insects.

The Theater of Insects. Photographs by Jo Whaley. Essays by Linda Wiener and Deborah Klochko. Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2008. 128 pp., 64 color illustrations., 7½x9".

Before becoming a photographer Jo Whaley was a theater set designer and stage painter, and the sense of drama, colour choices and setting of the scene is evident in this book where she's set images of colourful insects against rough, colourful and textural settings.

The colour choices and composition is wonderful - and I love the phrasing of the title "The Theater of Insects", which feels very evocative and intriguing.

The book "The Theater of Insects" coincide with an exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences and the exhibition will thereafter travel to other parts of the US.


nosheen said...

these are absolutely beautiful

Rare Autumn said...

isn't it! the backdrops and texture really brings out something extra i think

Jo Whaley said...

I am pleased that you appreciate my
images. The book was a piece of artwork in itself to assemble.

Rare Autumn said...

the work is just beautiful!

i would've loved seeing the assembly process or to know the thought process and ideas in putting the work together (very thought-out?, or more organic?, etc, etc)