Produced in Australia – DISCO BUGS – Photography collection by Award-winning Photographer Bridgette Gower
All DISCO BUGS Greeting Cards featuring Tropical Queensland animals. All DISCO BUGS photographs shot in-situ and are SINGLE SHOT, NO PHOTOSHOP! No animals harmed in creation of images.
For Birthday, Valentines Day, Christmas, anniversaries, and holiday or celebration.
Printed in Australia on quality gloss card, with a blank middle. All greeting cards include the species’ scientific name on the back. Includes a matching envelope. 100% Plastic-Free packaging.
Cards are standard greeting card size folded to A6 (105 × 148 mm or 4.1 × 5.8 inches), envelopes are C6 and in matching colours.
The Story behind Disco Bugs
2020 was the year I knew I wanted to create an idea I could share with the world. I started to conceptualise a photography style and experimented with many different lighting and in-camera visual effects. The visual concept of Disco Bugs was eventually realised.
You see, in a former life, I spent a lot of time in nightclubs around the world. I was a touring DJ in the Naughties. (2000’s) and perhaps the look of this series has been inspired by those times of pretty lights and laser-beams as we danced for hours in a place of indulgence and love. Many of you who are my age will know exactly what I am talking about, the beautiful moment of time we shared.
With my evolving journey into a career in photography, I found joy, excitement, and some kind of affinity with the miniature world of insects and spiders. Combining the inspiration from my nightclub and DJ career with macro photography, comes this new collection of styled images called ‘Disco Bugs’. This will be an extended range all incorporating this bokeh-filled background.
I’ve spent 9 months, perfecting the style and I finally am ready to present it to you! All the images are actual photos. There has ONLY been some minor photoshopping to clean up some dirt and flyaway dust or web on the flowers or animals faces and bodies. No other compositing, image manipulation or stacking in the production process.
All have been photographed in my backyard after our landlord came to trim our Jasmine trees and went a bit overboard. The next day I went exploring in the branches that had been removed and I discovered quite a few jumping spiders in the man-made disaster. My animal rescue instincts kicked in and I proceeded to re-home a few at different parts of the garden. All these species wander from plant to plant, so this was a suitable plan. Of course, when I found a good individual suitable for a photo shoot I would place it on the flower or stem in my make-shift outdoor photo studio.
I then proceeded to hold the flower-laden spider in one hand and use my camera in the other, and I would take a few shots. It required a lot of patience and arm strength! Once I felt I got some good images, I would move the individual spider to a plant and thanked them for being my model and wished them well. Sometimes I would see them on the same plant for a few days… but then lose track of them as they moved on.
I hope these images will be lovingly used as gifts for the curious nature lovers out there and I hope I may show people the beauty in the world of bugs.
Bug Art – Jumping Spiders – Spider Art – Bug Photography
Greeting Cards – Quirky Gifts – Greeting Card Art – Beautiful Bugs
For more stories about the artist, visit her Blog Buggin with Bridgey
Bridgette uses Olympus OMD EM1 ii