Zana Briski

Talk to a Praying Mantis

Zana’s deepest love is the earth and her creatures. Following a dream of a praying mantis, Zana has spent the past ten years photographing and filming insects, often camping alone in remote wild places for weeks or months at a time.

 I work at night, and insects come to me. I take care not to trap, drug, freeze or harm them in any way. It is a horizontal relationship involving curiosity, friendship and deep respect.

I ask for permission and wait for collaboration: “Hi! Who are you?! Would you like to have your portrait taken?”

REVERENCE challenges us to rethink our relationship to the earth and her creatures by bringing us face to face with insects – with insects as individual sentient beings.

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