National Geographic : 2004 Nov
GNM C OV ERIN G ETHENT WORLD ' ' "We distilled it down to basics, trying to make the images easy to read so the ideas they represent come clear," he says. Taped side-by-side into an accordion, the Polaroids of the subjects-some with his notes along the edges-served as reminders of what had been covered and what was yet to come. "It's a reference tool for me, like a writer's notes, but visual," he says. The subject Rob most enjoyed shooting? "The finches [lying flat, above]. Those are Darwin's birds! He handled them, studied them. It was those beaks on those birds that led him to think of new ideas, that made him wonder why." NGSPHOTOGRAPHER MARKTHIESSEN;PHOTOGRAPH OFROBERTCLARKBYDAVIDCOVENTRY crpe LFT/-" "as~ ""' "'