The series Examples in Compatibility is one that I started a long time ago. The images are derived from my fascination with both photo manipulation and insects, or creatures often mistakenly referred to as insects. Each of the images is a combination of multiple photos digitally stripped together to create new, alternate species. The insects' functional parts have been removed or replaced in order to change how they would act or move in the real world, thereby re-ordering how their phylum would act in a social situation (e.g. walking vertically on surfaces, attacking or defending against prey, flying).
The insects are simply a catalyst, a conversation starter, for discussing the parallels and how this would "re-order" the human species if we were able to do the same--if we were able to, not digitally, but genetically modify ourselves in order to change our physical make-up. What if we could fly? A more practical application may be the option to dictate a child's eye color prior to birth, or even conception (in truth we can already do this).
I took some artistic license in order to account for an element of beauty in the photos, but overall the functions, and combinations of new functions, are what the images are about. No need for a background in biology to understand that a flying scorpion would change the landscape of the desert, not to mention the creatures that it would hunt and be hunted by. Imagine the human comparison and then think of its implications.
What are the results and potential repercussions of modifying the visual, physical, or genetic makeup of an already established species? We do it everyday in magazine images with airbrushed models. We physically alter ourselves with elective plastic surgeries and transgender modifications. And now we have the ability to genetically modify not only our foods, but ourselves as well. Check out the rest of the series here.