In the summer of 1996, Gregory Crewdson spent two months at his family’s cottage in Becket, Massachusetts.

His sole purpose was to photograph the fireflies coming out at dusk. Every afternoon, consistent with his appointment, he would go out with his camera, ready to capture these mysterious insects. Two months and thousands of shots later, he developed the negatives, but was not satisfied with the result. He saved the negatives and contact sheets and forget them for ten years.

It was in 2006, when he was working on the project “Beneath the roses”, that he opened the box with the photos and this time, he fell in love with them. For their beauty and for their imperfections, for all the reasons he had rejected them, ten years earlier. He selected 61 photos and published them in the book Gregory Crewdson: Fireflies