These remarkable 'flowers' mimic butterflies

Seb Janiak
© Seb Janiak

Mimicry is one of the ways that animals protect themselves from predators, by undergoing certain, adaptive morphological and physiological changes. Insects which are coloured a certain way to blend in with their environment is one example.

In this series titled "Mimesis," these flowers look like they've taken on patterning that closely resembles that of insects and butterflies. Are they real, though? They look real, but it is Paris-based photographer Seb Janiak playfully exploring this beautiful method of survival, using photomontages of insect wings, arranged in eye-catching, petal-like blooms.

Seb Janiak © Seb Janiak
Seb Janiak © Seb Janiak

According to This Is Colossal, Janiak finds specimens for his works through taxidermists and antique stores. He then photographs them at high resolution, and then digitally manipulates them on the computer into realistic-looking compositions of what initially looks like flowers.

Seb Janiak © Seb Janiak
Seb Janiak © Seb Janiak
Seb Janiak © Seb Janiak

Upon closer inspection, one recognizes familiar butterfly wings which have been translated into new forms -- creating a play on the idea and purpose of mimicry. Here, mimicry is not for survival, but to delight the senses with proportion, composition and colour.

Seb Janiak © Seb Janiak

To do justice to the beauty of the subjects, Janiak's works come in large formats, as chromogenic prints measuring 70 by 70 inches. Butterfly lovers will get to eat their hearts out; for more, visit Seb Janiak.

Tags: Artists | Arts | Insects

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