Papilio Dardanus (Underside)
This fine art photograph was hand selected by the PurePhoto curation team for placement in private collections and interiors by the world’s leading art & design professionals.
“So often we walk through life as casual observers—eyes wide-open, but not truly seeing. I am enthralled by the wonder of nature: color, symmetry, design, and transformation. The wings of a butterfly. The things you can only see when you remember to look.”
Dario Preger’s reverence for nature can be likened to the Transcendentalists and Romantics of the 19th century. Equal parts methodical and whimsical, he is finely attuned to the environment around him, and continues to be inspired by the way that our reality can change through the act of exploration.
Preger specimens are ethically procured from farmed sources, not taken from the wild. With scientific precision, he must first prepare a butterfly by placing it in a box with wet paper towels for 12 hours to unfold its wings, then let it dry for an additional 24 hours. His camera is, in fact, a high-resolution scanner. This unconventional method allows him to capture the most minute of details—jewel-like scales and wings reminiscent of Art Nouveau architecture. All of his large-scale photographs are printed with fine art archival pigment inks on heavyweight museum-grade paper.
A native of Argentina, Dario Preger later moved to the United States and studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston, where he began his career as a commercial photographer in the age of analog. The intense precision and technical skills learned from years of work in this field have been valuable as he transitioned over time to fine art photography in the digital era.