atmosphere that sometimes only gave a vague image of the truth. This has also inspired me in my photography of other elements of nature besides wildlife.
3. WHAT MAKES AN EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHER?
An excellent photographer is – literally – a photographer who excells – who makes special images sprouting from his own creativity and imagination, not by copying what has already been done. Of course he has to have the technical skills to execute his ideas perfectly with his camera.
4. WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT DECIDING TO BECOME A FULL-TIME PHOTOGRAPHER?
It actually wasn’t hard as an opportunity came my way that felt right. To me it was a normal evolution.
5. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU IN YOUR WORK AND WHAT IS DEMOTIVATING?
Having good photos after coming home from a photo shoot or trip (internal motivation) and appreciation from anyone through whatever means (external motivation). Demotivation comes from the opposite, but I don’t get demotivated a lot.
6. WHAT ARE THE MOST PASSIONATE MOMENTS IN YOUR WORK?
The most passionate moments are those when I see exciting, surprising or tender moments with African wildlife. These can really move me.
7. WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES IN YOUR WORK?
To keep evolving to get the most out of my camera and trying to create something new.
8. HOW DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR ARTISTRY?
Through always challenging myself further (see 1.), through reading, thinking and watching a lot and trying things out.
9. WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR PERSONAL LEARNING IN PHOTOGRAPHY THAT YOU WOULD CONVEY TO A „NOVICE“?
Look around you well and read a lot. Don’t try to master all branches of photography, but follow your gut feeling when it comes to choosing the branches that you feel the most attracted to. If you know a little bit of everything, you will seldom become very good at one thing. Follow workshops with photographers whose style appeals to you. They will give you a lot of tips in a very short time, that will always take you a step further. Try to be original. Have the guts to take risks and experiment. And make sure your photos are good quality; be hard on yourself in that respect.
10. WHICH ARE THE DRIVING FORCES FOR YOU PERSONALLY AND IN YOUR WORK?
What drives me is my love of nature and my desire to spend as much time in it as possible. Photography gives me that chance. Also I love to share with people what I have seen through my lens, whether that be a unique wildlife moment or a different view on a flower or a forest.
11. WHICH FEELINGS DETERMINE YOUR WORK WHEN OUT IN THE FIELD?
Feeling one with nature, being touched by nature and a creative state of mind.
12. ON WHICH CRITERIA DO YOU JUDGE YOUR OWN WORK AS SUCCESSFUL?
When I get compliments about my work, when work gets sold or awarded , when I get appreciated for workshops or lectures or when I get asked if my work can be published.
13. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK AND THE BEAUTY OF OUR PLANET, NATURE: WHAT CONNECTION DO YOU SEE?
I capture what I see and refrain from extensive post-processing. No elements are added or removed, as that to me conflicts with the whole idea of nature photography. I get my pleasure out of what I create with my camera, so what I see is what the viewers of my work get – the beauty of nature as it is.
14. ASSUMING YOU WOULD HAVE 15 MINUTES ON A TV BROADCAST AND PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD COULD LISTEN AND UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, WHAT WOULD BE THE CORE OF YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE?
It would be that if people want to keep enjoying being in nature or photographing nature or watching nature photographs or videos, they should respect nature and actively protect it. So many aspects of nature and so many animal species are threatened or mistreated that it’s no option to turn away from it… get involved through your actions and what you preach.