The Shape of Water 5

Welcome to my site, and thank you for having a look at my images.

My passion is being in nature

My goal is to share with you through my images the connection I feel to the natural world, the wonder, amazement and curiosity it inspires in me, and the peacefulness and calm it instills

My journey began many years ago ..... For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to the environment and spirit of the natural world. I believe that my profound love of nature was instilled by my parents who fostered in me a constant sense of curiosity and wonder about the world around me. As a child growing up in southern Germany my parents took me for frequent walks in the magical world of Alpine meadows and forests which lay at our doorstep.

My first camera was a Minolta SRT film camera, a gift from my parents, and it transformed the way I interacted with the world around me. I had a new-found way to observe, and to capture those observations. I began recording images of wildflowers, creatures big and small, streams, ponds, forests. I recall being six years old and spending hours sitting with my camera in a hunters tree blind waiting quietly and with great anticipation for deer to emerge into the meadows at dusk, only to capture a few underexposed blurry frames.

The magic of the experience was real and has stayed with me to this day. I now call British Columbia my home and decades later I am still on that quest to experience, understand and “see” the natural world, not only with my eyes but also with my soul. Being in nature and making photographs is a meditative experience during which I become immersed in the power of the present moment and which creates in me a deep sense of connection to the environment.

I believe that one of the most important qualities of a photograph is to evoke an emotional response. Although two-dimensional images created by a camera will never serve to capture what we can experience with all of our senses, my goal is to illustrate and share with you some of the moments of awe-inspiring beauty, peacefulness, stillness, connection, and wonder which I have had the fortune to be part of. I am continually striving to improve my craft and creative vision to hopefully bring you photographs that resonate with your soul as well as mine.

In a world of Social Media awash with images it becomes increasingly difficult to hold the viewers attention for more than moment. I will always maintain that an image ought to represent what I saw and felt at the moment, and should not be enhanced or idealized during post-processing to turn it into something other than what was observed. I process my images minimally, more akin to what would have occurred in the darkroom during the days of photographic film, and hope that they speak for themselves.

Wildlife and Landscape photography offer no guarantees - we could spend hours, days, months in the field only to come away with a memory card filled with … nothing … such are the challenges, but such are also the rewards. 

Thank you for visiting my website and having an interest in my art .... the journey continues

"The camera always points both ways.  In expressing your subject, you also express yourself."  ~  Freeman Patterson

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” ~ Ansel Adams

“ It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera ... they are made with the eye, heart and head. ” ~ Henri Cartier Bresson

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