Lily Kumpe

Joined: May 11, 2017 Last Active: Jul 20, 2021 iNaturalist Australia

I’m originally from Texas and have also lived in Western Australia. Now, as of 2021, I’m based in Queensland’s D’Aguilar Range — not far from Brisbane. A fascination with insects first drew me to the natural world, but now my interest has expanded to plants, fungi, birds, snails, reptiles, spiders... essentially everything.

For my white background photos I use a white perspex board and flashes. This allows me to create miniature studio-style photographs in the field so that specimens are always alive and returned to the location in which I found them. Similar photos have proven useful for purposes like scientific publication and conservation outreach. And I think a portrait in isolation can sometimes create a more intimate perspective than seeing species that might blend into their environment.

You can read more about me and the technique at lilykumpe.com

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