Susan Eder|Craig Dennis Wingspan Photographs

In the large-scale work Wingspan (Monarch), a monarch butterfly’s wings were photographed at high magnification, revealing the flaws and scars accrued from its surprisingly perilous airborne life. A total of 13 sequential photographs were taken edge to edge across the widest dimension of its extended wings. The images were then printed on metallic paper, greatly enlarged to make the insect’s body (center) the same width as an average human torso, creating a full, “human scale” wingspan — 22 feet wide.

Three smaller versions splice the original 13 frames into just three segments (Monarch 2 and Wingspan Resting), as well as a single image (Monarch 3).