A spider is a spider is a spider… or not?
A spider is a spider, isn’t it? Wrong. Vida mostly photographs the cute, charismatic and intelligent jumping spiders of the family Salticidae. She says very enthusiastically that jumping spiders aren’t aggressive and that they have the greatest personalities. They even have impressive mating dances. Over the years, she has handled hundreds of jumping spiders (using a small paintbrush to move them around to ensure they go unharmed). And no, she’s never been bitten.
“Everything I do, I do because of passion.”
Through photographing jumping spiders, she met Professor Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman, “foremost South African arachnologist and an overall amazing woman”. She opened up Vida’s eyes to the possibility of contributing her photographs to science, and so she started documenting spiders for scientific books and created a website posting photos of South Africa’s jumping spiders. Seeing a new spider through her viewfinder for the very first time is what makes her tick. Had she not become a photographer, she would have probably liked to study zoology or become an entomologist or arachnologist.