Modern Naturalis is about looking at the world with wonder. Inspired by the Do-It-Yourself attitude that was rampant among early female naturalists I hacked a webcam into a microscope to explore my surroundings.
My D.I.Y forays into the microcosmic manifest as this series of collages which aim to encourage engagement with the natural world from a different perspective. The importance of observing, of looking closely and slowly, is highlighted in a new video piece (here).
By embracing my amateurism I hope to inspire others to feel confident enough to do the same. I have produced a free zine that gives advice on making your own microscopes and invites us all to consider our impact on the environment. I believe that our considerations of ecology involve technology, community and above all a willingness to explore, try, fail, learn, and inspire.
This project was supported by The SMART Gallery.