The Art of Darkness

Spider Macrophotography

November 17th, 2008 by Cobwebs

JumperDark Roasted Blend recently posted an article featuring close-up images of spiders, such as this one (I totally want to hug this guy). It strikes me that a framed series of these would be an unusual and colorful decorative accent.

Searching on “spider macrophotography” or, conversely, “spider microphotography” (there doesn’t seem to be a lot of agreement on the proper term) will bring up quite a number of sites, including this macrophoto gallery and this Flickr photostream.

A number of photographers sell prints of their work–the average seems to be about $35–but if you’ve got a camera you can take your own photos. There are loads of tutorials to help you get started, such as the ones here, here, and here.

Obviously, if gazing into the limpid eyeballs of spiders doesn’t appeal you could turn this technique to other spooky subjects: The webbing of a bat wing, the delicate strands of a spider web, or the thorns on a rose would all make unique and attractive photographs. A series of botanical closeups of plants like hellebore and deadly nightshade would also be pretty.

I’m a big fan of massed pictures as a way to bring a lot of interest to a wall. This would certainly be an unusual way to accomplish it.

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