Essig Museum at UC Berkeley

Many thanks to Peter Oboyski at Essig Museum at UC Berkeley for granting me permission to photograph specimens of extinct insects at the their collection. It was wonderful and dismaying to see the beautiful creatures that no longer exist on this earth. Here is a photo of the beautiful Glaucopsyche xerces, or Xerces blue butterfly, wiped out in California in the 1940s by habitat destruction. I’m still experimenting with ways of printing this project, so this is my straight photograph. I’ll likely be printing using a handmade Japanese paper and gold or palladium leaf.

The extinct Xerces blue butterfly, erased from the Earth by habitat destruction

The extinct Xerces blue butterfly, erased from the Earth by habitat destruction