is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis." – Henri
You cannot describe better what I am trying to do in photography
then did Henri Cartier-Bresson.
As a nature photographer, I first of all need my head for planning
and preparing my images. This involves intimate knowledge about
my subjects, e.g. animal behaviour, reproduction cycles, habitat,
but also climate and weather issues. I need to pre-visualize what
kind of equipment I will probably need for the given subject.
Once I am out there, I approach my subject very carefully, trying
not to disturb. This might involve setting up a hide or just staying
out of the comfort zone. What I like most is when I slowly gain
the trust of an animal and come to a state where it accepts me
I then try to be sensitive to what happens around me and keep my
head, my eyes and my heart open. What is the animal doing, what
will it probably do next, from which angle comes the light, what
kind of light, do I have to change equipment, do I have to change
position, does the scene evoke emotions in me, how can I catch
those in my image?
Nature is never standing still, it constantly evolves and moves.
I try to include this vitality into my images, working with various
techniques like panning and long exposure times.
It's about technique, sure. It's also about knowing your subject.
But most important, it's about letting your heart being touched
Nature is not standing still, I am not standing still, and so
these words are but a snapshot during an ongoing long journey.
That is what makes nature photography so fascinating for me.