A blink of energy.
A chemical reaction.
A new light.
Light, the kind human eyes can’t perceive (infrared), is what brings this content to your viewing screen at this very moment. Humans have that means of communication in common with many other animals on this planet.
Interspecies communication can extend empathy and curiosity of different life forms on the planet. I sat with the lightning bugs and extended my own biology through the technology of an LED (light emitting diode). I wasn’t sure what I was saying, but it reminded me of the signals we send out to the far reaches of space, probing and exploring the darkness.
Maybe it was because I had been in isolation, but there seemed to be some kind of invisible barrier between myself and these creatures. When that individual landed on my hand, it was one of the few moments of touch I’ve experienced recently.
I documented these events as a way to share some found solace in these times, and to think about the relationship between technology and animals. Not only as a metaphor, but as an interaction.
Land use changes, environmental pollution, and loss of habitat area are causing a decline in lighting bugs, and much of life on Earth.