Can't see flowers for the insects

David Woltschenko (inset) and his award-winning photograph of fungi.
David Woltschenko (inset) and his award-winning photograph of fungi. David Woltschenko

WALKING into a garden most people just see the flowers but David Woltschenko sees the host of insects who call the flowers home.

The local photographer with a penchant for bugs – and the smaller the better. David went to John Paul College (JPC) before going to the Canberra Institute of Technology to study photography.

While at JPC he won the Marnie Yeates and Lily Pily competitions and more recently the Biodiversity Photographic Competition in the documentary category with his photo of fungi (above) taken in Lamington National Park.

“Ideally, I’d like to go out with scientists and researchers on field trips and document the new bugs they find,” he said.

David hopes to do some underwater photography while home for the holidays but flies are his favourite subject.

“I like to shoot flies and dragon flies because they’re so small that when you see them huge on a screen they look bizarre,” he said.

“I went to the Amazon when I was 16 and mum told dad to give me the camera.

“I put the photos into a comp and won. That was Marnie Yeates. For Lily Pily, it was ants in the backyard – you don’t have to go far,” he said.

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