Light shines through the darkness, illuminating all in its path. Light is the source of the visible world, whether in our everyday existence or in the creation of a photograph. It is light that makes seeing and recording sight possible, and so it is a wonder to behold. It is an energy that guides as well as stuns, and in this way, light is a force of reckoning.
American artists Doug and Mike Starn understand this very fact, and began a series of photographic explorations of the relationship between nocturnal moths and sources of light. The ill-fated moths are drawn to their deaths, as the Starns capture their last moments on earth in a series of photographic prints titled Attracted to Light. A selection of works from this series are on view in Starn Brothers: Absorption of Light at 516 ARTS, Albuquerque, NM, now through September 17, 2016.
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Photo: Attracted to Light 1. Art size: 120 X 264 inches. Medium: Sulfur toned silver prints hand-coated on Thai mulberry paper. Date: 2002. ©Mike and Doug Starn, courtesy of 516 ARTS.