A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
AUGUST 2007: Cicada
The start of the Brazilian spring is announced with a lot of noise. A penetrating noise, as if someone had activated the alarm system in a factory. Surprisingly, this sound is produced by an insect: a cicada. Brazilians call it a cigarra. The cicadas live in trees. The sound they produce is developed by a special organ at their anterior abdominal region. The first days are used to test and to optimize the sound quality. Then they please their neighbors with serenades from dawn to dusk. The cicadas are not fixed to one tree, but they move on, until they have found their female counterpart. When I was in Vitória, it was obvious to me that the cicadas already had started their noisy serenades, while in Belo Horizonte – about 600 km away – the cicadas hadn’t appeared yet. The cicada on the photograph apparently got lost, and landed on a safety net on the sixth floor. Like a professional artist, it posed in front of my lens.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2007, 2014