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In making images of bees that she enlarges hundreds and even thousands of times, Rose-Lynn Fisher, a California-based photographer, finds patterns that are “otherworldly, more like landscapes than miniatures. Hair and pollen look like forests of trees [and] the bee’s abdomen resembles rolling foothills after a forest fire.” That’s true, but an even more apt comparison might be with aquatic life. When Fisher expands bee antennae 1,100 times or a proboscis 430 times, her subjects look like some of those slowly swaying, bottom-dwelling creatures you see in Jacques Cousteau documentaries. Occasionally her skillful and sharp black-and-white images even have a sensual vibe, with Georgia O’Keeffe organic folds punctuated by erect “hairs.” Ultimately, the close-ups are so compelling that it makes the lone unenlarged image, of an apiary, seem positively prosaic.
The exhibit is on view noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday to Nov. 11 at Cross MacKenzie Gallery, 2026 R St. NW. (202) 333-7970. Free.