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The many facets of science photography

Announcing Insects Unlocked

A while back I wrote a feature for Ars Technica on the dysfunctional online copyright landscape. The piece was personal. My photographs average around $50 each to make, mostly in time, equipment, and travel costs.

March 18, 2015 — Alex Wild
Meet Gil Wizen’s Neighbors

Meet Gil Wizen’s Neighbors

Unless you live under a rock, you have likely seen the clean white natural history work of the Meet Your Neighbours project. And even if you do live under a rock, chances are one of the project’s members has found you, removed you to a plastic stage, and snapped a photo.

March 6, 2015 — Alex Wild

Build a World-Class Insect Imaging System for under $6,000

Compound Eye has been quiet of late. My silence is for a good cause, though! The past few months have been hectic as I transitioned from freelance photography in Illinois to a new job: Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas in Austin.

February 24, 2015 — Alex Wild
The Ethics of our Brave New Drone Photography World

The Ethics of our Brave New Drone Photography World

It’s a marvelous time to be a photographer. The blossoming tech industry has made us all kids in a candy shop, suddenly realizing the whole street is candy shops, on a street with peppermint cobblestones and licorice fountains.

February 16, 2015 — Alex Wild
Window To A Wetter Past In Tucson

Window To A Wetter Past In Tucson

When I lived in Tucson a few years back, I often wondered why a city even existed there. Modern Tucson is completely dry, save a few artificial ponds propped up for the golfing set.

February 2, 2015 — Alex Wild

A Recipe for Photographing Angry Fire Ants

This 2007 photograph of a fire ant brandishing her stinger is among the most heavily circulated images from my collection. Since several people have asked how I managed to coax the animal into such a dramatic pose, I bring you the following recipe.

January 30, 2015 — Alex Wild

Giving Birth To A Tropical Parasite [Video Not For The Squeamish]

“Why is it that an animal that is actively trying to kill us, such as a lion, gets more respect than one that is only trying to nibble on us a little, without causing much harm?” -Piotr Naskrecki Biologist Piotr Naskrecki, who traveled with me to Belize last year, returned home to find himself incubating [...]

January 12, 2015 — Alex Wild

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