Butterflies and Balloons

2016 - Another Life

A visit to Manchester Museum which opened in 1888. The building the style you might recognise, as it’s designed by Alfred Waterhouse,  who also designed The Natural History Museum, London. We find Museums fascinating, they have such a wealth of subjects and ideas, you can visit many unknown places and exhibits, discover history and beauty. This museum still has the victorian feel of glass cabinets which adds to the experience. Museums are also warm on a cold winters day and often have a cafe. We actually had lunch at The Whitworth Gallery a little further down the road. A great menu and veggie selection. 

We wandered round many ancient lands and walked through the doors to others like a time machine.. Glass cages of creatures preserved forever. Looking at all the wonders, from Maharajah the Elephant, Maude the Tigon from Belle Vue Zoo. It was an uneasy feeling being watched by so many  glass eyes with each exhibit had  their own story to fascinate. 

The butterflies, a great collection with many of each species, pattern, colour and beauty, sadly a Victorian legacy. I took several shots of the beautifully colours and patterns of the wings. Trying to catch the previous beauty of the living fluttering butterflies.  Seeing the short lives, pinned to a display in such great numbers , created a sadness, past the beauty.

I downloaded my images and was reminded of the butterflies. The short lives, the nets and killing jars.  I wanted to give them freedom again and allow them to fly. These are the result, several in the set. Sometimes it’s just about having fun.

Created in 2016 and has 33 layers over eight groups. 

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