the waitomo caves of new zealand’s northern island, formed two million years ago from the surrounding limestone bedrock, are home to an endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat (arachnocampa luminosa, or glow worm fly) who in their larval stage produce silk threads from which to hang and, using a blue light emitted from a modified excretory organ in their tails, lure in prey who then become ensnared in sticky droplets of mucus.
After recent rumors of Studio Ghibli closing their animation department and the low box office numbers for When Marnie Was There, it was time to make an appreciation post for a company that has created true movie magic again and again. So, thank you, Studio Ghibli. Hopefully it isn’t good-bye just yet.Studio Ghibli is no longer producing animated films. So here’s to you, Ghibli, and everything you’ve given us.
Artist and photographerLee Jeong Lok born in 1971 in Gwanju, South Korea. He discovered his passion for photography as a design studentat Gwangju University and subsequently studied photographic design and fine art photography in Seoul and New York. For more than a decade the artist has exhibited in solo and selected group exhibitions throughout Korea and his work can be found in the public collections of some of the most respected museums across the country.
Lee Jeonglok describes his current calling as “listening to nature to discover a unique, personal impression of a place…translating what it says into a visual language through my photography”.