Meet Your Neighbours (MYN) is a worldwide photographic initiative created in 2009 by Niall Benvie (UK) and Clay Bolt (USA). The project is dedicated to reconnecting people with the wildlife on their own doorsteps: common species, both plants and animals, are photographed in their natural ecosystem, but using a field studio with a white background. The resulting images are very artistic and highlight details usually missed on classic nature photography.
This project borrows techniques designed for fashion shoot, with backlighting and softboxes, and applies them to nature photography. But instead of bringing the models in, you bring the studio out! Photographers usually design their own field studio and bring it to the ecosystems where the bugs are encountered. Bugs are released unharmed, in the exact same place.
A simple field studio with a backlit white background separates the subjects from their natural background, revealing amazing details that are not visible to the naked eye. It requires a couple of flashes, a piece of translucent white plastic, a good camera with macro lens and a lot of patience, but the results are stunning and perfect for identification and to produce educational materials. For more info on the project Meet Your Neighbours, check the project website at meetyourneighbours.net.