What do you see on this photograph?
Often wild animals are observing us, without us realising it. It takes practice and patience to spot the camouflaged animals out in the wild. With a bit of practice, you will learn how to quickly detect the animals and take photographs without disturbing them.
I was given my first camera, by my parents, as a child. From the very first day on, my passion for wildlife and nature has been flourishing. I hadn’t owned the proper equipment yet but didn’t let that stop me from continuing to learn and make progress. Growing up in a city, I didn’t have the optimal circumstances to find wildlife. I made the best of it and spent a lot of time in our local zoo animal park and taking pictures of small insects. This was a wonderful chance to get to know my camera equipment and develop a talent for finding animals and critters.
As I worked my way through the different photography disciplines, I did some landscape photography, as well as at concerts, weddings and events. Through all this, my passion for animals stayed constant. As I became older, I started to explore the areas surrounding Basel, Switzerland. The new challenges that came with the larger forest animals, which weren’t used to human interaction intrigued me.
During these outings I felt like (and still do feel like) a hunter. Like a hunter, wildlife photographers observe, crawl, lie on the floor and wait for the crucial moment. Do I take the risk and move my finger, or will my camera’s noise scare off the animal? Risking that one unique moment being lost forever. Unlike a hunter, I can do no harm with my camera. Though the feeling of pressing the “trigger” is just as much of an adrenalin rush. This is most likely the origin of my passion towards wildlife photography. As Albert Einstein famously said; “Look deep into nature, and you will understand everything better.”.
After moving to Scotland in 2015, my dedication to photography has only grown thanks to the perfect conditions. The harsh climate, rapidly changing weather, dramatic lighting and of course the untamed nature makes me love this country all the more.
Due to my wife and I owning a guest house, I can spend a lot of my free time in the outdoors and this at any time of the year. Oftentimes I spend a longer period of time always returning to the same area, focusing on one species in order to best possibly understand how each ecosystem works. I exchange information with our local wildlife conservation group on a regular basis in order to increase my knowledge about local animals, but also to help others understand how important our wildlife is. I will try to report the happenings of our local group on the “News” link on my website. The priority in wildlife photography is always the wellbeing of the animal. With a bit of patience (and a trip to Scotland ?) you can make the photographs you’ve always dreamed of!