By Crystal Chung @crystalkchung
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Swiss born photographer, Etienne Francey, waited patiently to capture each atmospheric moment without the insect taking flight.
The 19-year-old sprayed water to enhance the blurred areas and partly covered the camera lens to produce the flared moons, creating striking images that celebrate familiar butterflies.
These pictures were taken during the summer of 2015, in Couusset, Switzerland.
For Etienne it was important to capture the shots first thing in the morning or late at night.
He said: “As I still have no driving licence, I went by bicycle to make these photos of butterflies. They were all taken in my village, in the countryside, through the fields of tall grass.
“Butterflies are motionless during the early hours as the dew on their wings prevent them from flying, and in the evening, because they are ready to sleep.
“The first step for me is to find a butterfly perched in a good area.
“Then, I have to approach it really slowly, without making any fast movements.
“For certain photos, I vaporise some water in the background to get the small circles and flares that you see in the background of the photo.
“In one hand I hold the water spray, and in the other the camera flash. To have the good photo, it takes around two hours. It is important to be patient, but to also have a very patient subject.
“These photos show that we can see a diversity of species of butterflies, even around our homes. Unfortunately, this diversity is declining because of the activities of the man. It is a very fragile balance.
“But we can help these insects by planting some square meters of wild flowers around our homes.
“I hope that my photos will draw people’s attention to the beauty of nature.”