Though famous for his snowflake photography, Wilson A. Bentley’s brief foray into the study of raindrops resulted in some of his most ethereal and magical imagery. Dew on a spider web was shot around 1910, using the same photomicrograph technique Bentley had perfected with his snowflakes by attaching a microscope to his camera. Rather than transporting dew-laden specimens to his studio, Bentley would attempt to shoot them in situ by using a black pail as a backdrop to achieve a dramatic contrast.
While painstakingly gathering data on meteorological effects on raindrop size and appearance, Bentley never failed to appreciate both the beauty and wonder involved in his process. In Dew on a spider web, the undisturbed droplets compounded with the geometric and unrepeatable nature of the garden spider’s web encapsulate the exceptional singularity that captivated Bentley throughout his career.
When Bentley captured Dew on a spider web around 1910, he used the same photomicrographic technique he’d perfected shooting thousands of images of individual snowflakes. Rather than try to transport the fleeting, fragile structure, he shot the web in situ with a microscope attached to his camera and a black pail as a backdrop. The light reflecting off the dew contrasts dramatically with the dark background, articulating every tiny orb of water and connective arc of the spider’s spiral. The web pattern is wonderfully wabi-sabi, some lines subtly askew, a signature of their spindly maker. Bentley’s image is exquisite and mesmerizing, almost metaphysical, having a sort of hypnotic effect the longer you gaze at our gossamer subject. Crystalline spheres suspended on impossibly fine strands of spider silk … is this an apparition? Of course, it’s utterly of this earth, but that’s entirely the point. Bentley eternally marveled at the magic of nature, and his profound appreciation for her miracles comes beaming through ... Read more on the blog!
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