The Short Lives of the Caatinga

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Since 2011, the Recife-born biologist Carlos Eduardo Beserra Nobre has been demystifying the caatinga universe, stereotypes as dry and lifeless. In incursions through the Pernambucan Sertão, with a camera hanging on his neck, Carlos Eduardo reveals episodes of animal life. He’s a specialist in lepidopterans, an insect order that includes butterflys and moths, thus the name of his blog where he shows off his images of the Sertão: Vidas Breves. “They live, on average, just 15 days”, he says. “And there’s also the sense of brief lives, abbreviated, through the destruction of ecosystems by human action.”

The photos are taken with a macro lens coupled with a digital camera. At the start, when he was doing a masters in animal biology, at the Federal University of Pernambuco, from 2005 to 2007, his intention was documentation. Little by litte, it became art. The objective is to show the details of the shell, the wings, and to explore their colors. The insects come alive in the photos, more so than in their own habitat, an arid place even for them. “There’s still not much research done on the caatinga, it’s the least-studied Brazilian ecosystem. We don’t really know what strategy these insects use to survive in these environments but they find a way to adapt themselves”, says Carlos Eduardo.  – Source (PT)


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