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EXPLORING THE WORLD...

Triggered by stories and images of far away places and unknown cultures I started traveling after my studies of clinical psychology, as much as I could combine with a fulltime job in Belgium. During my travels to Asia and South America, the different cultures and people intrigued me a lot. But what really blew me away were the desolate and overwhelming landscapes while backpacking for multiple days in remote areas such as trekking through the Colca Canyon in Peru (only accessible on foot or by horse) or a 5-day trek near the North Face in Tibet. 

With a small pocket camera, I tried to capture those beautiful landscapes. But back at home I was a little disappointed that my pictures were just a watered down version of what I had seen or had felt at the moment I was surrounded by this overwhelming scenery. So I bought a DSLR-camera and started a photography course which I accomplished in June 2017. At first, the only purpose of my photography was to keep great memories alive. 

'Classic landscapes' passed in front of my lens. I enjoyed it... Also in Belgium I took my camera with me while hiking day trails. But it was only in 2015 when I bought a 80-400mm telelens, that I really became passionate about nature photography. Trying to capture birds and other wildlife was completely new to me and I observed nature as I had never seen or expected it. I got surprised over and over again... 

 

IN SEARCH FOR THE UNKNOWN TO BE SURPRISED...

For me, nature photography is all about exploring the unknown and getting amazed by things I didn't saw or experienced before. When I go on a planned trip to a scenic place or to observe a specific animal, I try to capture the most surprising moment. But some other days, I'd just like to stroll in nature without any perspective or plan. Without limits or expectations, I let myself guide by my feeling and intuïtion. Anything that moves me can become the subject of my picture and nature becomes a real playground where I can easily get lost for a couple of hours. I love those days...