Series. Puntopia.

Title: Shooting into the Light. Av. do Infante Dom Henrique. Macau.

©richard mark dobson

The theory is that moths as primarily nocturnal insects, have evolved to travel by the light of the moon and the stars. A phenomenon knows as transverse orientation. An easy way to think about about transverse orientation is to imagine a sailor traveling in the direction of the north star. Moths similarly follow the light source at a precise position and angle to their bodies, this is how moths have navigate for millions of years. By the light of the moon.

Moth evolution couldn’t however account for the proliferation of constant electric light in the modern world. Confusing their senses, Moths obsession with bright lights often proves to be a fatal one.

Understanding the laws of light attraction, the authorities here in Puntopia utilize this for maximum effect, for they know that those who come to flutter around the black jack tables, think and behave just like moths.

Unlike moths however, that are colour blind, flutterers of a human kind are hypnotized by colourful flashing illumination. Officialdom know this, and therefore they ladle on the flicker and flashing. Stand on any brightly lit street corner around here and you will witness people, literally, running towards the light. Those walking away from it, are usually all spent up.

to see more of this series and peruse the fine art giclee prints, please visit the artists website at;

Written by Richard Mark Dobson / The RMD Gallery

The Existential Artist. “There is light and darkness, all and nothingness”



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