November was a bit of a change in routine for Aussie Macro Photos. I paused the Let’s Go Buggin Tours in Cairns to focus on my Disco Bugs Exhibition in Sydney as part of the Head On Photo Festival. So I thought It was probably appropriate to have my blog focus on creating Disco Bugs this month.
Media around the event started to ramp up in October with The Weekend Australian approaching me for an interview in their Heart of the Nation feature. You can see an online version here.
Creating Disco Bugs was born out of the urge to come up with an artistic style that I could call my own. I wanted to take my photography to another level and do something unique and stylistic that could also be commercial. I had a vague idea of the aesthetic I wanted to create, but I knew that I wanted to incorporate some interesting colours. It wasn’t until I started to experiment with a variety of lighting techniques and backgrounds that my artistic direction was conceived.
One day, this tiny juvenile Giant Rainforest Mantis (Hierodula majuscula), only 15mm, took up residence in my yard on the grass that was left to grow almost a metre tall. Once I spotted the adorable creature, I thought it was a brilliant opportunity to fine-tune the techniques and tools that I was using to create the visual concept I was pursuing.
In fact, this image was the exact micro-second that I realised the artistic vision. The Mantis posed perfectly on the right part of the flower, at the right distance from my camera and the background to create the bokeh, the sun was at the right colour temperature and I had my camera settings and flash at the appropriate levels. All the many individual elements came together at the right time and this was the result. You could say I had a visual epiphany!
‘Champagne Mantis’ is available for made-to-order prints and as part of my Greeting Card Collection.