Hello Science Blogs! I am Alex Wild, and insofar as Photo Synthesis is concerned, Mr. April. No centerfolds, fortunately for you. I normally blog elsewhere, but I am here at Photo Synthesis for the month and honored that the Science Blogs crew chose me as their inaugural photoblogger.
I became a photographer by accident. As an entomologist, several years ago I started posting photographs of my six-legged study subjects to my web site, naively unaware of the market for science photography. After a time I began hearing from textbook publishers and photo editors interested in licensing images.
It’s not that I had pretty pictures- after all, the world is already drowning in gorgeous photography- it’s that I had science pictures, pictures captioned with correct latin names and tagged with behavioral notes stemming from my training as a biologist. It is at this intersection of science and photography where I’ve found my happy niche.
Veterans of the online Creation/Evolution wars (yes, that’s you, Pharynguloids) might recall me as “Myrmecos” from the CARM & ARN boards of years past. After reaching the what-seems-like-it-should-be-obvious conclusion that no one changes their mind on that issue I’ve given up the debating habit. Though, it comes back to haunt me a couple times a year when creationist organizations express interest in licensing my photos, and my instincts as a business owner do battle with my instincts as a scientist.
In any case, this is all very me, me, me. What about YOU?
You’ve got me tied down, captive blogger, for a month. We can chat camera gear, photographic technique, working with insects, working with scientists, making money from photography. Or other things. Drop a line in the comments if there’s anything photo-related on your mind.
Or, I can just post pictures of insects all month. Either is fine by me.