Here is a photo of a praying mantis repairing a broken heart

May 26, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Here is a photo of a praying mantis repairing a broken heart

May 26, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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You don’t need to travel far to get fantastic nature photos. If you’re at the right place at the right time, you’ll end up with amazing shots even in your neighborhood. This photo from Zoheir Brihoum is a perfect example. Zoheir photographed a praying mantis “repairing a broken heart,” and it’s one of those images that you want to come back to.

I chatted with Zoheir a bit about how the photo was taken. As I mentioned, it was shot “just around the corner,” in a small forest near his home. The praying mantis was standing on the plant so that it made it look like an unfinished heart. Zoheir saw it and had an idea: he gently rotated the plant so it faces the sun, and took the photo.

Other than rotating the plant, there weren’t any interventions on the scene. It’s a single shot, taken with a Fujifilm XH1 paired with a Fuji XF 60mm f2.4 Macro. Even the editing isn’t harsh, as Zoheir only removed vignetting a bit and exported the RAW file from Lightroom. Finally, the image got the title that rounds up the concept perfectly: Repairing a Broken Heart.

As you’ve probably figured out by now, I love how this photo turned out. I think that photographers and other visual artists see things a bit differently and have lots of imagination: and this photo, along with its name, definitely shows it. Another thing is: most of us won’t travel anywhere this year. So, look for beautiful things in your own neighborhood, nearby parks and forests. Trust me, they’re just waiting for you to photograph them.

Zoheir mainly posts photos on Facebook, so make sure to check them out here.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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3 responses to “Here is a photo of a praying mantis repairing a broken heart”

  1. Freelance cameraman China/HK Avatar
    Freelance cameraman China/HK

    Nice picture, but …
    Female praying mantises have a habit of killing and eating their partners during sex, which sucks for the male.
    Special Love if you ask me.

    1. Dunja0712 Avatar
      Dunja0712

      Yep, I know. That is one of the first gruesome facts about nature that I learned as a child, and it has stuck with me forever. :D But hey, maybe she’s feeling bad because she ate her mate and now she needs to repair her broken heart? :D

  2. Greg Alan Jacobs Avatar
    Greg Alan Jacobs

    Maybe she has regrets for biting the head off and devouring her mate?