Todd R. Forsgren
Ornithological Photographs / The World is Round / Post-industrial Edens / Resume
Untitled Re:Iterations / An Imperfect Representation / Other Works / Order a Book

Staring at the Sky and the Screen
Dreaming of Other Celestial Bodies
Wondering What They're Looking at
Breaking Branches and Bending Grids

Measuring Half-lives on the Horizon



Artist's Statement




Flashing with the Fireflies, Video, 2015.  

NOTE: BEST VIEWED ON FULL SCREEN MODE SO YOU CAN SEE ALL THE FIREFLIES!

Where I grew up people called them lightning bugs,
though they're called fireflies just as often. 
All in all, there are around 2000 different species,
They’re beetles, in the family Lampyridae.
Many species in the family are bioluminescent,
chemically producing a light glowing light. 
It can be a pale yellow, green, or even red,
normally produced it in order to attract mates.
They recognize their own species from others,
Based on the color and rhythm of the light.
My favorite fireflies are the Photuris genus.
These females actually mimics others species.
Photuris fireflies live near where I grew up, actually.
The females mimic other species flashing patterns,
And this lures them in so close, so they can eat them.
I felt inspired by these dangerous little mimics,
so I went out into the field with my camera and a strobe.