Macrophotography is the art of taking extreme close-ups and creating an image that is larger than the subject itself.
It works particularly well with one of my favourite subjects – insects. I’ve loved them ever since I discovered an unusual spider in the UK when I was 17.
My local natural history museum confirmed it was a Moroccan species that had recently taken up residency in England.
When I moved to Australia, I was in awe of its invertebrates and bought a macro lens to photograph them.
I then volunteered at an eco lodge in the Peruvian Amazon. This region has the world’s highest species count of butterfly and tarantula and gave me an amazing opportunity to further explore macrophotography.
My macrophotography has won various awards and featured in a major exhibition. Some of my work hangs in the Australian Museum. I’ve also done a feature for ABC Radio National. Listen.
I believe every living thing has a place in the eco-system, so I maintain high ethical standards. I would never move, re-position or freeze an insect. In fact the insect dictates my shots!
My respect for nature also means I leave the smallest possible human footprint when I am working in the field.
Furthermore, to achieve the most natural result possible, I use old-fashioned shooting techniques and props to create the shot in-camera rather than relying on post production.
I love to simply observe wildlife and nature. So I try and be 'invisible' and create minimal disturbance.