Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Creativity

Thanks to Amy for the Creativity challenge.

Do you know the story of the Peppered Moth dear followers?

In pre-industrial revolution Britain, the black coloured moth was practically unknown. The predominant moth at the time was light in colour with a peppered appearance which camouflaged him very well against the clean light-coloured tree barks of that time. But with increased levels of pollution, the light-coloured moth was suddenly more visible to hungry predatory birds. Mother nature kicked in and over a relatively short period of time, the black moth, who was generally invisible against the pollution-stained tree barks, became the numerically predominant of the two.

The story of the Peppered Moth is considered the best example of Darwin’s theory of natural selection and was responsible for encouraging far greater acceptance of Darwin’s theories generally than existed previously. The primary study (by a UK scientist called Kettlewell) was later rubbished, however, by a number of further studies. However, the most detailed analysis of Kettlewell’s study was carried out in very recent times (by a scientist called Majerus) and proved that Kettlewell’s study was in fact scientifically sound, resulting in many previously sceptical scientists acceptance of natural selection, and putting creationists once more on the back foot.



MB visited the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha yesterday, aka Mathaf (Arabic for Museum). One of the creative pieces that caught MB’s eye was a 3-D printed geometrical sculpture made of a type of plastic material that can change colour. The piece was inspired by the story of the Peppered Moth, according to the Mathaf literature.

The Mathaf is a little gem and well worth a visit if followers happen to be in this neck of the woods.

The following shots were taken by MB on his Huawei camera phone, the last photo showing the ‘Peppered Moth’ piece:










7 Comments on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Creativity

  1. Thank you for sharing the story of the moth, Micheal – and thank you for the gallery of creative art! I must confess that I don’t understand the connection between the last construction and the moth story though… But I love the elegant birds!


    • Thanks Leya. I believe that the material of the sculpture actually changes colour when light shines directly one it. But must admit I am not 100% certain!


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