It’s okay, they’re pretty tame!
From time to time I get bespoke requests from my stock clients; a recent request wanted to know if I had any technology pictures but not the usual circuit boards hard drives etc (I have these as well). After many cups of coffee, to help stimulate the creative process (if you’re going to send me a link to counter my statement about stimulating the creative process, please don’t! My universe might collapse) I came up with the concept of combining technology and mother nature. The chosen subjects were ants made from electronic bits and bobs. The main goal was to make them recognisable as ants and to make the components recognisable to technology minded people.
The next step was to identify the components that best matched my needs, yes, again several cups of coffee where involved in the selection process and after my coffee buzz had started to subside I settled on the components required. Several trips to the local electronics store later I had all I needed for my ant colony… granted five is a rather small colony. The last thing required was time and patience to put them together, luckily I’m blessed with patience.
After the assembly it was time for the photography. Part of what I wanted to achieve from the outset was to make my robo ants look like they were behaving in a similar way to real ants. After some research I had identified some ‘ poses’ for the ants. A few of the pictures were shot with a soft diffused light but I also wanted to bring a more 3 dimensional look to some of the images. So I also photographed them with a more hard edged shadow.
After the shoot all the ants were retired, sadly one didn’t make it. It’s still too painful to talk about! On a happier note the four surviving ants now reside on top of my monitor.