Hi, I'm Antony and I came to be a photographer via engineering, popular music, plumbing, classical music, building maintenance, separation, divorce, fine art painting, college lecturing and caring for an elderly relative. Doubtless you are thinking this was a rather circuitous route! Life is what it is, it does what it does and if you let it, it will take you on a significant journey. Alternatively you could end up photographing bugs in your back garden, dreaming of the day you can retire and have total freedom to photograph bugs in your back garden.
Let's not beat about the bush, beating about the bush scares the critters and that is definitely not what we want. I may or may not be an expert on macro photography but if you want to know about life, the universe, everything and how it relates to photographing insects I'm your guy. I can take you on a transcendental and pointless journey through my garden of misadventure, failure and redemption. My planned career path has changed significantly over the years, it has gone from rock star to looking under rocks in no time at all, 50+ years if you are counting. But I'm dyslexic and counting is not my strong suit and I really haven't had time or the inclination to reflect on it... until just then when it hit me... Blogging is truly the most frightful sport ever conceived, it makes Base Jumping feel pedestrian.
What to do if you are a highly trained fine artist/college lecturer with an aging mother and the photographic skills of a Gnat? Photograph Gnats! And so it was that a Gnat photographer was born out of necessity. After an eight year transition from an artist through full-time carer I emerged a fully fledged macro photographer. Now I have to make a living, I have to make my photography pay, or die trying. Restrain your laughter, this is no laughing matter, I have just discovered. Do you have any idea how niche macro photography is?! I'll give you some idea: I had little or no idea it existed until I was well into my 40's. People can go an entire lifetime without so much of a whiff of understanding what lifesize is! If anyone out there is looking for a mission in life, you might consider bringing lifesize to the attention of lifesize people. It's a worthwhile endeavour, it could be your personal Everest. I'm too old to climb Everest so will make do with trying to impress the two people who just happened to stumble across this blog - God rest their Souls - if you are not reading this blog you won't be aware of what I just said... or will you?
Thank you kindly @aureliemoingne
Thank you @Seawatch1 you are most kind.
Wonderful shots and a fun narration.