It seems to me that there is a lot of wheel re-invention in this business, stemming in part from the absence of a proper literature and catalogue of nature photography from the late 19th century to the present. Without this it is all to easy to imagine that we’ve hit on something new and wonderful and claim it as our own rather than acknowledging and building on the work that has been done in past.
In an earlier post, I traced the origins of my field studio work back to an image made in 1947 by Richard Avedon, by way of Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager. In the early 1990′s I started to work with floating hides, motivated powerfully by a picture of a male hooded merganser catching a fish, taken by the Canadian photographer, Tim Fitzharris. I am not aware of this sort of work being done previously in the UK, although Fitzharris had, at that time, been doing it for years in Canada.
Can you cite earlier precedents, in the UK or overseas? It’s one of those slightly risky techniques that few British photographers have been willing to adopt (although there are more practitioners – and opportunities – on the continent.) If you are looking to produce a distinctive body of work, there is still much to be done in the water. Just check out your equipment insurance first.