This book (Sample Downloads) has been written, I suppose, for someone like me: a photographer who is not a professional lepidopterist, but who has a keen interest in and love of butterfly hunting with a camera.
Photography is, of course, concerned with pictorial representation. The most photogenic feature of butterflies is the pattern of colour on their wings and this is what individual pictures usually portray, but having spent forty or so years taking tens of thousands of pictures I have come to realise that the total is much more than the sum of the parts. A representative series of pictures of any species is so much more interesting than the best prizewinning individual picture, and can develop into what I call a portrait of the species. I hope to present such a portrait of all the European butterfly species to the reader from my own photographs and observations.
There is introductory information on each species, but thereafter each picture is accompanied by its own text in a similar way to comic books; they also have a story to tell in words and pictures. The idea is that each texted picture should illustrate one or more particular aspect of the species, and, by ordering the texted pictures suitably, a species’ portrait will emerge in a logical way. I think that the alternative of keeping the words and pictures separate would lose the intimate association between them and, moreover, would be unbearably inconvenient for the reader as the number of pictures is often large.
I will also present a systematic approach to the description of butterfly wing-patterns, some of which uses new terms etc., to allow unambiguous comments.