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Enter the dragonfly: Wahyu Sigit Rahadi blends art, science in Yogya exhibit

Bambang Muryanto

The Jakarta Post

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Yogyakarta  /  Thu, December 5, 2019  /  03:00 pm
Enter the dragonfly: Wahyu Sigit Rahadi blends art, science in Yogya exhibit

Visitors admire photographs showcased at Wahyu Sigit's exhibition on dragonflies. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

The 90 centimeters by 120 cm photo depicts a lembayung perut merah (dragonfly) resting on the leaves of a bush, waiting for the sun to rise. Beads of morning dew on its body sparkle like crystal  ornaments. "This is my favorite image," Damayanti Buchori, an entomologist from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) in Bogor, West Java, told The Jakarta Post on Nov. 30. The photo is one of 94 images of dragonflies taken by photographer Wahyu Sigit Rahadi that are currently on display at Bentara Budaya Yogyakarta until Dec. 8. Wahyu, founder of the Indonesia Dragonfly Society (IDS), has been documenting and researching dragonflies across Indonesia for the past 10 years. While accompanying Damayanti in exploring the exhibition, Wahyu said he had captured the lembayung perut merah in Ranu Regulo, the slope of Mount Semeru in East Java, which stands at 2,200 meters ...