The Head On Photo Festival returns to Centennial Park with a number of new outdoor and indoor exhibitions. We are particular excited about an exhibition called Macro Wildlife by photographer Angela Robertson-Buchanan. The initial photos intrigued us greatly, so we asked Angela to tell us more about this exhibition and herself.
Over to Angela…
Firstly I would just like to say I am very excited to be exhibiting some of my insect photos for the 2013 Head On Photo Festival here in Centennial Park. I hope that you will find them as fascinating as I do, perhaps see them in a different light or even admire their beauty or uniqueness! All of the bugs have been photographed in my inner west suburb of Ashfield (mainly in my own garden).
I have been taking photographs for 20 years, however my interest in macro photography started when I bought a Nikkor 105m lens about six years ago. I was immediately hooked; I loved the closeness and playing around with the low depth of field. I firstly photographed flowers and my aim was take a more illustrative, artistic and abstract approach, which I think I have achieved. You can check out my website and be the judge – I always love to hear feedback.
Hilda the Huntsman
I then volunteered in the Peruvian Amazon and that is when my interest in insects and spiders really started (see some of my photos here). I was in a region where there was the highest species count of butterfly and tarantula! I was in absolute awe of this exquisite region and it’s an experience I will never forget.
I’m originally from the UK and most Brits are afraid of insects or spiders – I’m always quizzed about ‘what we have here!’. I’m impressed with the Huntsman – so much so I did a photo-shoot with one in my laundry I named Hilda.
I also find the Redback spiders really striking and beautiful (although I do treat them with respect and caution!).
One insect I have found intriguing is the parasitic wasp. Blink and you will miss these curious creatures. My favourite is a yellow Ichneumon Wasp. I have only seen it in one location, hanging out on my garden mango tree.
I actually spent an entire year capturing the perfect shot, until the tree fell down due to borers and termites (that’s another story!), which must have been why the wasps were attracted to it.
The photo (pictured below) is hanging in the Australian Museum. Did you know that parasitic wasps are completely harmless to us and are very beneficial to have around as they use their long ovipositor (no, its not a sting) to lay eggs into ‘pest’ larvae?
Yellow Ichneumon Parasitic Wasp
It’s funny, as this spring and summer was a bit poor for insects in my garden, I only managed to ‘capture’ a paper wasp. It must be the fact that last year I trained as wildlife rescuer with WIRES and had a garden full of birds, maybe the bugs were staying away from me in fear of being fed to my rescue birds!
Next week I will reveal some macro tips to make your shots stand out and go behind the scene of one of my award wining shots and how I achieved it.
See you soon in Centennial Park!
Head On Photo Festival in Centennial Park
The Head On Photo Festival returns to Centennial Park from 17 May to 23 June 2013. More information can be found here.
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This event is one of many great events and activities held across Centennial Parklands. You can find out more on our What’s On guide or by downloading our iPhone app!
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