My first exposure to the term butterfly was on the CBC in January 2016, when it was coined as “the most bizarre, bizarre, weirdly sexy, sexy word I’ve ever heard.”
It came with an added bonus of the words “butterflies” and “wings,” and it came from a source that’s been at the forefront of my life: my brother-in-law.
He works for the government of Nunavut, a territory that has its own distinctive name, and he had an idea to use the word for a photo project.
I think he’s actually a big fan of the word and thought I’d share my inspiration with you.
A photo shoot to commemorate the International Butterfly Photographic Festival.
(CBC)”I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I figured I’d start with a shot of me and my husband and the butterflies,” he said.
“We’re both very small-framed, and the two of us are really close-cropped, so I thought it would be interesting to use my natural light to create this image of the butterflies.”
His brother- in-law, Peter Bickford, also had an original idea.
It was the first time I had ever had a butterfly photograph, he said, so he figured I should try it.
After all, what better way to celebrate the International Butterflies Photographic Fest than with a photo shoot?
The plan was simple: get some butterflies and have them shoot a few photos for the festival.
Peter and I were the first people to shoot them.
But there were a couple of problems: I was still a little apprehensive about taking them in public, so we ended up shooting them in the back of a car with our children in tow.
There were also a couple who were quite vocal about how the pictures were terrible.
So, the next day, we took the pictures at home.
When I saw the finished pictures, I was like, ‘I don’t think I want to be photographed in front of these butterflies.’
Then I thought about how it was a bit odd that the first two images were my brother and I, and they looked very small.
But the final two were me and the kids.
I thought, I’m going to take it all in.
My first exposure was to the CBC.
(Courtesy of Peter Bicksford)Peter told me later that he didn’t realize that the word had become so popular until he saw a photo on social media that was sharing the same photo with his wife.
In the first photo, he was looking up at a butterfly in the background, but in the second photo, his son was standing next to it.
Peter had thought that maybe they had caught one on camera, but when the children saw the photo they were blown away.
“It’s a bit weird, but it was really nice,” he says.
They both took their photos on the day of the festival, which took place at the Royal Canadian Museum in Halifax.
For Peter, who is also the editor-in‑chief of The Bickens’ magazine, the festival was the perfect chance to shoot butterflies, and it was his way of making a personal connection to them.
“I wanted to take them out and show them how much they mean to me, so it was perfect,” he explained.
As Peter and I started to take the pictures, we realized we were really lucky to have both the children and Peter with us.
The festival was held at the museum, and Peter’s photography skills were used to capture the butterflies, which were later displayed at the exhibition.
We’re thrilled to have been chosen as one of the first photographers to take these photos and we’re excited to be sharing them with all our followers.
(Courtesy of The Butterflies)”This is just the start,” he continued.
“This will be a series of photos to come.
We’re going to start posting more of the photos and videos on Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms.
We hope you will be inspired to take a closer look at our amazing work and the amazing people who make it happen.”
For now, the two-year-old Butterflies Festival has a new home on Facebook.
You can see more of Peter’s photos on his website, and watch him take a few of them at his website.
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