During the winter of 2008, I began experimenting with photographing frozen flowers, something that would eventually be shaped into my 2010 exhibition Frozen Light. I have often pondered returning to that work, but every time I look at my 2m high print of a red tulip frozen in ice, I remember why I stopped...I felt I had realized the potential of the direction. But the idea of photographing frozen subjects has been in the back of my mind ever since.
Digital original, 20 image focus blend
When considering subjects to freeze in ice, one thing that shared many of the characteristics of flowers (colourful, small, fragile) was butterflies - and after some kindness of a friend, I finally managed to have some butterflies to experiment with - and thus these images - my first experiments with freezing butterflies. I had some technical challenges, and feel there is much that could be improved, but it is a start, and over the coming months (and perhaps years) I shall pursue this, to see where it goes!