Will you hang a fly on the wall?
Flies are one of the most annoying insects in the world. They enter your home, despite the safety nets, crawl on you and irritate you with their unpleasant buzzing. They land on all kinds of rotting matter, food debris, feces, and then on your dishes and furniture, on your food and clothes.
Brrr, nasty, disgusting!
Houseflies are carriers of many pathogenic bacteria. Gangrene, tuberculosis, dysentery, anthrax, plague and various types of poisoning are just some of the diseases transmitted by flies.
Many species of flies pollinate plants.
Flies recycle food waste. Without them, the world would be a much dirtier place to live. They help to decompose carcasses, which in turn leads to soil enrichment.
Other species will disappear without flies: frogs, lizards, spiders, bats, dragonflies, fish and birds.
They are indicators of water quality.
For gardeners, flies even have a positive role because their larvae feed on aphids, which are quite large pests.
The larvae of some species of flies eat dead organic matter and thus help to heal the wounds of humans and animals.
I bet that looks stunning as a print. I use a small 3rd bedroom as an office. I see beauty in, and shoot a lot of things that many people might never hang on a wall. Some of these prints hang in my office. If I did take a shot of a fly as good as yours, I would very likely hang it in my office.
As already said, I could certainly see a fly print hanging in certain offices, museums, or universities.
That said I would not hang a fly print anywhere else in my house, just as I won't hang prints of derelict and abandoned things anywhere else in my house. And I think my wife would agree with me. Well, I'm really agreeing with her... ;-)
Hi Jivko----I will stand up for the fly----LOL-- I have created images of hoverflies on flower blooms in my nature mandalas (not posted yet on my site)--so yes and I am a lover of all nature--I would hang a fly in my room--I send my best to all!
Post script---Jivko--you MADE me do it---I added a hover fly to my FAA collection just now----will it sell who knows--do I like it--I do!--all my best fellow artists!
the thing is, unless you are a die hard entomologist without a sense of decor, or you were turned into a fly, bugs like that are usually ugly, usually squashed, not usually displayed.
i have a hard time just selling butterflies and those are pretty.
i'm sure some flies are very nice, lend money to beetles, own soup kitchens, run the orphanage. but generally they are annoying, eat poop, then land on your sandwich. most look like an inkblot by the time someone actually looks, and that's only just before they wash their hands.
now a small fly on a photo, where it looks like a fly landed on the image complete with shadow, would make a good print, just not a canvas print, unless you want repeat customers hitting it.
generally macro's are not appreciated no matter how much they sparkle or how shiny and rainbow their rear ends are.
i think i sold beetles to a mother of an entomologist still in college as bug art for the wall, it was years ago and she wanted a discount. they just usually don't sell, not for me anyway.
Me? No to the fly. But I do have a photo in my shop of a colorful spider on it's interesting web. I personally am not a fan, but others are. I had a bit of a dilemma photographing it...run or shoot...LOL. I was intrigued enough to shoot.
Bottom line is someone might like the fly on the wall...especially the "concept" of being a fly on the wall......
Well I was an nature educator for many years and that is the type of thing I did hang on walls. But if you want to have your images found in a Google search, filling out the description field with a paragraph would help that a lot.
Many people experience disgust, fear, even panic at the sight of spiders, scorpions, snakes, flies, mosquitoes and other unpleasant, often dangerous and annoying creatures. They react instinctively, this is a psychological effect. No matter how aesthetic, beautiful a picture or photograph is, the subject has a repulsive effect.
And this is completely understandable and natural.
My colleague is panicking about birds! She doesn't like my pictures of birds, in the same time she has no problem with spiders, wasps and flies! For her the images of flies and aphids are cute, but those of birds are yucky!
Why not, I mean if it was pretty close and showed detail that the normal eye doesn't see on a fly. That's the thing with photography, a person may not like a bee or spider but will like a fly. Similar with abstracts, what one person may see in the image another person will see or feel something different. All comes down to the individual.
I think some people might. I myself possibly would, but for me it would have to be some sort of 'themed' room; nature macro, strictly insects, lichen, fungi, stuff not typically aesthetic. I have a few insect and other macro photos such as these that I have uploaded and love; not a house fly, ha, but again, I think even a more common looking fly could have its place with some people.
If it is stunning or charming, why not? Subjects matter, but art should matter more, or is it not? After all what you hang is not an insect but a piece of art. Here is a painting of a fly I did some years ago, just to share...