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Ganz traces his love of bugs back to his days
as a biology student at Mount Allison.
"My favourite course was entomology
with Ron Aiken. That's when I started
to really get into bugs," he says. "I wasn't
taking pictures then, we had to draw them.
But it made us really get into them and look
at them up close."
Ganz says his knowledge of bugs also
helps him in his photographic endeavours
in that he knows how different bugs will
behave and whether they are safe to pick up
or not.
Praying mantises are one of his favou-
rite bugs to shoot, but his award-winning
photograph happened by chance.
"Shooting a bug is like shooting a three-
year-old toddler," Ganz says, as much like
a toddler, the bugs are not likely to sit still
for very long.
He had picked up this particular praying
mantis and was holding it in his hand.
"She jumped off my hand and landed on the
piece of grass," he says. "I was saying, `Don't
move, don't move.'"
The insect obliged and for her patience has
now been immortalized in silver.
Only 7,500 of the special coins were minted.
Ganz says they will likely sell out within the
next few months. He has kept several for
himself, including copy number one, which
the mint presented to him.
"It's very, very rewarding when some-
thing just works," he says. "You fail a lot,
but when something clicks and it matches
the picture you had in your head, it's just a
big rush."
26 / Fall 2012 / RECORD