The challenge of the very slow lens required by F. Percy Smith for macro-photography, coupled with the insensitive film stock of the day, meant that so much light was required for exposure that the poor flies quickly succumbed to the heat. As Smith had glued their wings so that they could not fly away, they used their legs to achieve the memorable results seen here.
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Quite amazing photography for it's time - and what an original thought... a fly circus!
OK. Well, it's more show than I get from a salt-shooter at a BBQ. Hope this doesn't upset the PETI group :-) -Biggo
Never thought I'd feel sorry for such a pest. But it is cruelty to animals.
Amazing in a creepy way.
sad, but fascinting to see
reminds me of the films I saw in school in the 50's.....very good ...
Weird and cruel..just like 1908 was!
sad and so beautiful
Early footage ... A different take on motion studies a la Muybridge... Interesting bit shows human curiosity about other creatures at work.
A fly/metamorphosis mashup might be interesting!
Well, this is the first time that I felt a little sorry for a disgusting fly; but, quite ingenious work.