"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away." – Anonymous
I grew up in a small town in the heart of a highly agricultural area of Germany. The nearby forest and small river were the places where I spent a lot of time during my childhood and adolescence. My parents, who both studied biology, introduced me to the wonders of nature and the passion for nature has never left me since. I soon got involved with the local branch of a nature conservation organization where I monitored birds for distribution mapping and led bird tours, teaching participants to identify birds by their calls.
At the age of 14 I received my first SLR camera, a Nikon EM, which I still own. I spent a lot of time taking pictures of wheat fields after a thunderstorm, moss on the trees in the local forest and flowers at the riverbed. My school provided classes in black and white photography and access to a b&w lab where I spent long evenings.
A photo workshop in the local zoo was the first contact to animal photography and I was completely overwhelmed when the sponsoring photo shop asked me for the permission to exhibit one of my pictures in their gallery.
I immediately started to save money for a 400 mm, f5.6 lens, with which I was sure to make the most wonderful pictures of all the birds and mammals I often encountered near my home. Alas, it proofed to be much more difficult than I imagined, and now, many years later, I came to accept that nature photography is a never-ending learning process.

I am a member of WWF, Frankfurt Zoological Society, GDT (Society of German animal photographers) and NFS (Swiss nature photographers) and PGB (Society of Photography of Berne).


Photography subjects: Animals, plants and landscapes.

Countries visited: Canada, Cambodia, Ecuador (Galapagos), Germany, Japan, Kenya, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and USA.

Hobbies: backcountry skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, bicycle tours, travelling, and, although completely lacking the sufficient skills and talent, I like playing the piano.

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