Exhibit Featuring Ultra Close-up Photography to be Displayed at Como

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory proudly presents ‘A Journey into the World of Insects from their Perspective – Up Close & Personal’, a photo exhibit featuring dramatic close-up images of insects and plants by Minneapolis artist Bill Johnson. The exhibit will open to the public on Saturday, December 11 and run thru Sunday January 23. Over 25 color prints portraying stunning detail not seen by the naked eye will be on display.

Mr. Johnson specializes in plant and insect photography, from full-specimen to ultra-close-up macro photography, but mushrooms, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and a number of habitats ranging from deserts to prairies to swamps are also subjects of his photography. His photography travels have taken him to a variety of geographic regions including: Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin and internationally, Ontario, Canada, Belize, Central America and Guyana, South America.

Mr. Johnson’s images have appeared in over 700 national and regional publications, including nature magazines, gardening books, field guides, newspapers and even children’s books. In addition, he has had exhibits at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Center, University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Des Moines Botanical Garden and the United States Botanical Garden on the mall in Washington D.C.  Mr. Johnson is a charter member of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA) and a member of the Garden Writers Association of America.

Mr. Johnson was recently added as a contributing columnist with Horticulture Magazine, and will be seen regularly, beginning with the February/March 2011 issue, writing a monthly column on insects and their interrelationships with garden plants through pollination and other factors.

Click HERE for a video of the artwork & interview with Bill Johnson