The Mantis Project

If you know me, you may know that I'm a big fan of creepy crawlies. Most people won't agree with me on this, but hey, maybe thats why I like them so much....

Not long ago I took a trip to Kernow Exotics in Truro and came home with my own Dead Leaf Mantis, she has now become the main model for my new Self Devised Assignment. For this project I have chosen to look at the behaviour and biology of mantises. I began shooting last week in the studio, mostly as a test but I was quite happy with the results. 

Also during this first shoot I tried out the Mamiya Credo 40 with a 120mm macro lens. This was the first time I had shot with a digital medium format camera, it was a bit tricky to get used to but the results were very impressive.

There is a lot of work I still need to do to get the shots how I want them but I think this was a decent start. 

Big thank you to Ellie as well for assisting the shoot and lending me her Ghost Mantis. Check out her website here:

I'll keep this blog updated as my project progresses.