Photograph: Paulo Pimenta
It is indisputable that flies don’t have a good reputation. We see them hovering over excrement and starving children in Africa. So why is António Keating so inspired by the winged insects? He even keeps a poem that is an ode to them.
His job as a forensic entomologist is to find out when the flies have started living on the bodies of dead people. In his office he keeps little containers with flies and maggots preserved in alcohol with the names of murdered victims written on them. It is his job to find out, through them, how long the people have been dead and maybe to help solve a crime. But there are many more reasons why he so appreciates the little ones.