Interview with Andrea Gulickx

Interview series
by Kristel Schneider

 

Andrea Gulickx

©Trui Alink


     For me, creativity flows best when I go into nature with an open mind. No planning at all.

Light, passion and creativity are three elements Andrea combines in her beautiful photography art work.
Thanks to Facebook I got introduced to this creative Dutch photographer, one of the good things about social media,
you can get connected to new talented people.
After reading more about Andrea I think I can add a fourth element, words.
Next to photography she likes to combine words with images, her weekly quotes are very much appreciated on her Facebook page.

Seven-spot Ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) on a purple crocus(Crocus Tomassinianus)

Can you introduce yourself in a few lines explaining your background and how you got introduced to (nature) photography?
As a child I liked to stroll through nature. One day my dad gave me his old analogue SLR camera which made me very happy. As a family we would often  go to the mountains on holiday and I always took the camera with me. We walked a lot and during these long walks I always took pictures of nature in all its variety. I think that’s when my love for nature and photography started. Unfortunately, this camera didn’t live very long. At the age of twenty I started in the fashion industry, where I designed graphic prints for children’s clothing. For work I had to travel to Asia and in Europe and during these visits a small compact camera was always in my bag. During photography trips I also did fashion styling for the company brochures of different brands I had worked for. Fashion photography doesn’t suit me, but I can still remember the beautiful places we explored and the wonderful light situations. After a number of years working for a boss I decided to become a freelancer because I had the need for freedom. During this period I met my partner for whom photography is also a hobby. On our first holiday I took photos every now and then with his SLR camera. Then from that moment it started to itch again. I had missed that viewfinder and the use of different lenses. The next holiday I had my own digital SLR camera. My passion for macro photography started in our garden. I am a self-taught photographer and I learned by experimenting. After the first experiments, I left the garden and went into nature again to discover more. And up till know I am still discovering.

Last year you made the big step to become a full time photographer, a step a lot of people would dream of but not dare to take, can you tell us what made you decide to follow your dream and about the biggest challenges you had to face.
I am an intuitive person and I take most decisions with the heart. I do not think or analyze that much, I just do if it feels good to me. I did the same when I decided to start as a freelance designer. One day I came to work and felt that this wasn’t an inspiring setting any longer. Before I knew it I was in the office of my boss and I told him I was going to quit. Just like that. When something feels so strong I have to follow my intuition. Of course I had my doubts afterwards but that was only my head because in my heart I knew that I had made the right choice. And it was the right decision since my own business was doing very well for many years. When I restarted with the photography in 2006 I instantly felt this would be very important to me in the near future. The only question was how and when? It primarily remained a hobby  beside my job as a graphic designer. Three years ago I came up with the idea of teaching workshops. But I immediately put the idea aside as a result of a lack of faith. I thought “What do I have to offer, I am not doing anything special…?”
I didn’t follow a course or study in photography, so who am I to think that I can teach workshops? To have faith in myself was my biggest challenge. Although I knew that photography would be my next challenge, I also knew that I was not ready yet. Just like many other things my photography came right out of my heart, based on feeling or emotion and “technique” meant nothing to me. I knew exactly what I did for myself, but to make it clear to other people is totally different. I have used two extra years to grow into my own photography, to create my own recognizable style and to find a way to share it with others in a way that suits me. The overwhelming enthusiastic comments and wonderful results after the first workshops gave me the confidence to move forward and to take the next step: to stop as a freelance graphic designer. Of course this was a big step and it is not possible yet to live just on photography but with the support of my partner and his confidence in me I am sure I will manage. I am convinced that as long as you follow your heart and if you have faith in what you you succeed in the end.

The subjects and compositions of your images are often ‘dreamy’. By playing with depth of field and natural light you created your personal style. Can you explain how you built up your images, do you go with the flow and let the subject decide your composition or do you prepare your images beforehand by knowing your subject and surrounding?
For me, creativity flows best when I go into nature with an open mind. No planning at all. I have tried it once, but that worked counter productively. It totally blocks me and as soon as I let it go, creativity is there again. I am not a person who  goes for ‘innovative’ pictures either. I just want to enjoy and take photos which make me happy. When I look through my camera I feel a strong bond with nature and everything goes naturally. I can sit down somewhere spontaneously and from that moment I just look through the camera and start exploring. By photographing that way my flow rises and the pictures appear by themselves. Sometimes it seems as if nature takes me by the hand and shows me its beauty. For me the most important element in my pictures is “the light”. Eight years ago I read in a photo magazine that you could learn a lot “by reading the light in pictures”. I really had no clue what they were talking about. However this sentence always stayed on my mind and now I understand and underline the importance. Light is always challenging.

‘An image says more than words’ . Moreover you like to combine images and words in one frame.
Can you tell us the thoughts behind this ?
I always had a weak-spot for text and I think that might be caused by my graphic background. The combination of text and image has always been fascinating to me. Text and image can reinforce each-other. Although to my opinion an images should speak for itself, I sometimes have a feeling the picture is out of balance or is missing something. Text then can make it more complete. In addition, I love quotes. I like to set people thinking on certain topics. The quotes are not mine but I find them on the internet. I am a spiritual person but I like to keep both feet very firmly on the ground. Spirituality has brought me a lot in particularly in creating my self-image and defining how I want to live. Photography has also taught me more about myself and it has changed me at a certain stage. It gave inner peace, and it brought me closer to myself.

What are your personal photography goals for 2014 and what would you like to achieve in photography in the long term? Do you have any exhibitions or other events coming up ?

Of course, I hope the workshops will continue to be as successful as they are at the moment. I am very happy the way things work out now. I love to share my passion and knowledge with people. In addition, I still have some wishes like my own book for example. I have already made a good start but it’s on hold because not all the pictures are there to complete the book so as to to tell the story. So, that’s still work in progress. Exhibitions will also continue although nothing has been planned for the coming month. This season I am invited by two photography clubs to give a lecture. This is a new development for me and I am really excited. I also would love to bring people closer to nature and photography. Using my knowledge, my images and with music as an additional dimension. I have an idea, but this has to evolve too. I see that as ‘my’ future music.

Can you share some of your personal photographs you like best?
And can tell us about the conditions and your emotions when you captured this image?
Perhaps it might be a bit strange but when asking for my favorite picture I will not come up with a macro-photo. Probably because I have made so many and this kind of photography is so me. Landscape photography, however, is more challenging for me and if I finally manage to make a good picture it makes me intensely happy. This picture was made during our holiday in Brazil, at the waterfalls of Iguaçu. Facing the Victoria Falls a couple of years ago I thought there couldn’t be a more beautiful place than that but I was wrong. The Iguaçu falls are overwhelming. We stayed at the park so we could make use of the very first light till the very last. That is what we have done for two full days. It’s very special to see how the same location changes during the day just by the movement of the sun. The light at sunset had my preference and I was fascinated by the glowing water and the birds. The light and the atmosphere also in this type of photography remain the most important for me and both were there, through the mist and the evening sun. In this case I made use of a tripod which I never use for my macro photography. I have also used a Lee filter. I have made a whole series of pictures but this one is certainly my favorite.

Brazilie favoriete foto


Andrea had a look at Kristel’s website (www.kristelschneiderphotography.com) and picked out some images that really popped out for her.
She explains why:

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(c) Kristel Schneider

1. My favorite picture from Kristel is this one. As much as I love light, I also have a weak spot for darkness in pictures. I think you made a perfect balance of those two in this shot. The composition is very strong. The small delicate drop is beautiful in the ‘spotlight’.  It really touches me with its serenity and loneliness.

 

2.  I love it out of focus in a picture. You still can see what kind of birds they are. Beautiful to see how you used your creativity to make your own perception of it. The light on the water surface is beautiful.

 

3. In this delicate picture I really love how you have used the light. The softness all around brings your eyes right to the subject. The way the two flowers are reaching out to the light…just like they are telling their own story. Beautiful and sensitive.

4. Just Beautiful. The movement and colours, I love it.  Strong composition. Sometimes you don’t need to say more you just have to look and enjoy.

 

 

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Interview-series: Cindy Jeannon

Interview Cindy Jeannon
by Kristel Schneider

(c) Alexandre Deschaumes
(c) Alexandre Deschaumes

I sometimes happen to dream about photos, imagine atmospheres and to be inspired by music, books, paintings and photography in my sleep. Then images come to life once I’m in nature.

Reading French magazine, Nat’images introduced me to Cindy Jeannon in 2011. We were both part of the publication ‘Special about nature female photographers’. The introduction  explained that she had decided to live her life closer to nature and that ever since she had left her job in 2005, her live has been like a journey. Cindy’s images show that this private journey has developed into a great life experience full with emotion and creativity. Traveling in the French Vosges or in the northern part of Europe, in Norway Cindy’s images show her love for Nature. Beautifull winter mountain scenes picture impressive clouds and silhouettes or the serenity of emptiness and minimalistic subjects.

(c) Cindy Jeannon

(c) Cindy Jeannon

Can you introduce yourself in a few lines explaining your background and how you got introduced to (nature) photography?
In 2005 I gave up my job in computers and a way of life that was too « conventional » to be more in tune with myself and with my wish to live closer to nature, to live a life that would be “different”. I first started with a career change and trained to become an Eco interpreter. Back then I already wanted to do nature photography, but it was impossible to change everything at the same time. I therefore focused on what seemed to me then as essential: a lifestyle closer to nature. For four years I led a “nomadic” life – I lived in many different areas in France to deal with nature awareness projects all over the country – such a lifestyle lightens you up from the heaviness of the material and allows you to reconsider your views and thoughts altogether. I have always materialized my thoughts visually, or so it seems, but I started materializing my emotions through images while strolling along the deserted Atlantic coast on long lonely nights. That’s also the moment when, in Autumn 2008, I decided to start a new life again, around the main question, “how do I relate to nature?”  I then started a new journey, the one of my own personal experience based on intervals of total immersion into nature, looking for the primal link that connects us together, pondering on my own personal connection with nature, on Man, on society. I therefore moved to the Vosges Mountains at the eve of winter 2009 – a very icy winter.
My photos came to life after these moments when I be one with nature, when I dived into its roots to be able to read it, feel it and express it.  I have always been attracted by the hardships and loneliness of mountains and great wilderness. So in autumn 2009 I left for the Sápmi area in Lapland (in the north of Sweden) along with Jean-Pierre Frippiat. This was the first of a series of journeys to the North, mainly in Norway – journeys that I did nearly without any assistance, to be “cut off from the society ” and to make one with great wilderness, journeys where living takes over time, where you can feel nature at large.  These trips – in the Vosges Mountains and in Norway – are the moments from when I have developed another language, a language through images.

When you look at Nature photographers in general you see that woman are in the minority, why do you think this is? Do you think it is more difficult for a woman to be a nature photographer? An often said, maybe cliche expression is that female photographers are not in performance but in emotion. What is your thought about this?
It is true that there are less female nature and landscape photographers than males. First, maybe because it is not as easy for a woman to combine motherhood and a field job in nature, as it could be for a man.  And so it goes in a way, which is imposed on us by society, however unfortunate it is on a cultural point of view though. And then again, such is the case almost everywhere, not just in nature photography.
Then, of course, we have to take the physical aspect in account. Especially when you carry heavy equipment and bear harsh weather conditions. As far as I am concerned this never has really stopped me, although I’m not the sportive type. So, I guess everything can be dealt with even if my hiking and camping experiences with male photographer friends have shown that we don’t have the same physical aptitudes.
Now, is there a difference between photos taken by a woman and photos taken by a man? I tend to think that sensitivity and strength can be represented in both, whatever the gender. However I think that personality-traits are different depending on gender; and that can be seen in the images.

Your project ‘ Métamorphose dans l’immensité du Bleuis set in Norway, what is the origin of this project and how did you prepare this project.  The creative part and the travel part.
I started the series during my solitary 4-month trip in Norway in 2012, when I had planned to merge even longer into the mountains. Unfortunately, I slipped on my first base camp and injured myself. How much worse can it get when you are no longer autonomous on a self-sufficient journey? I could not walk any more, still I decided to stay in Norway, alone, and think my trip over. On the first days I had to stay in the mountains because I couldn’t walk or drive. But my original idea was still strong: the trip had to go on, I had to live it through, whatever it took. As far as I’m concerned trip and nature are both a walk into the unknown. So as soon as I could drive again, I left the mountains for a safer place nearer a water place – first the lakes then the sea. That was how my images became the reflections of moments spent near water.
As for preparations for that trip (or for any trip in Norway), I make sure my vehicle, my bivouac and of course my photo and computer equipment can be self-sufficient. For that specific trip I had planned a 4-season logistics.
I also leave with a lot of books and music, which play an important part in my inspiration, and a travel book – my writing companion on the road – but no phone and no internet.
Preparing a trip is also to organize the before and the after of the journey, in order to manage it all well.

The subjects and compositions of your images are they a resolt of lots of preparations at forehand or is an image created in the field, like you see the composition building up at that moment.
I sometimes happen to dream about photos, imagine atmospheres and to be inspired by music, books, paintings and photography in my sleep. Then images come to life once I’m in nature. I don’t focus on which lens to use, I just let myself be driven by the outdoors. This is what I call “breathing” : I inspire what nature gives into myself and expire photos. Movement and light really inspire me, hence my big attraction to clouds. I often write down phrases which express what I feel then – I generally draw lines between what I feel inside, human interactions and what happens in nature. Photography is a philosophy in life: by observing and living within nature, I get to know myself and others better.

What are your personal photography goals for 2014 and what would you like to achieve in photography in the long term? Do you have any exhibitions or other events coming up ?
I’m planning to keep expressing myself through photography. There are moments when I’m in nature and take photos and there are also moments when these photos have their own life and materialize…in exhibitions for example, or in publications. It’s also very important to share my work with others: I think it would be meaningless if it was not shared.

Exhibitions, books and workshops – that are very dear to me – are ways for me to spread my philosophy with nature ; I can observe, accompany people, I can see the changes: human nature is as rich as nature itself.

Photography is not only a means to express myself; it is also a means to make people express themselves especially in training sessions and workshops. If I had to put what I would love to fulfill in photography in a nutshell, I would say “exchange”: expressions and interactions between nature, myself and others. I plan long-term projects because things happen slowly. I draw the big lines, then combine them with what happens in my life and then gradually build things up. I have ideas and plans for the coming months, but it’s still too early to talk about them.  For the coming year, I have a couple of exhibitions planned.
In April I will be in the Bird Festival in the Bay of Somme (France). Later on in October I will be at the Traveling Festival of Saint Valéry en Caux and the international Photo Festival Montier en Der.
There are other places, but it’s still too early to talk about them.
Last October GDT invited me in Lünen. That exhibition had a big impact on me, as I really enjoyed meeting and exchanging with Northern Europe and Italian photographers. I think I really love showing my work abroad, public response being totally different.

Can you share with us some of your personal photographs you like best?
And can tell us about the conditions and your emotions when you captured this image.

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(c) Cindy Jeannon

I chose the image of an atmosphere that pictures me the most: night and blue. I took it during my 4-month trip to Norway. I was on the Lofoten Islands at the end of August, it had be quite a chaotic day. So that night, I found peace by taking photos of the bay at nightfall. There was hardly any light. I love it when dark becomes black, when only the faintest light of hope remains. That’s what I meant to convey: even when situations surround us with darkness, there is always hope.  I did a series of long exposures then.
This technique really appeals to me, as it seems to me that each image was created by nature and myself… as in a communion. I decide on how long the exposure has to last depending on light and what I want to say. Then, by looking at what movements happen during that length of time, I can imagine shapes and light traces that will appear on the image.
This is the last image of the series, the very last faintest light that could reflect on it, as of to give it more chance.
I wrote a text to go long that image, a text about the depth of blackness:  The depth of darknessEmptiness, absence, darkness,  All reflecting the stars of the heart of the matter.

Cindy had a look at Kristel’s website (www.kristelschneiderphotography.com) and picked out some images that really popped out for her.
She explains why:

(c) Kristel Schneider

(c) Kristel Schneider

  • I immediately picked up the first image. Some will say, “because it’s blue”. OK, it’s true, blue really appeals to me. But that image speaks to me because when I travel I’m often in the rain. When I’m in my car, I spend a lot of time looking through the window at how the rain changes the scenery around me. This photo takes me back to those moments when relation to time is different, when thoughts are set free. It also calls the idea of protection to my mind : how nice it can be to watch the rain from an inside place.
  • Indeed, second image is also blue. I really love the peaceful and mysterious atmosphere – an atmosphere that really speaks to me.
  • A dreaming moment. I love blurry pictures, as well as abstract one, which do not impose a point of view on you, but suggest it to the viewers and allow them enough freedom to build a personal interpretation.
  • And finally, one that is totally different from the others. I chose it for the message it conveys to me… two small creatures helping each other out.

Coming up next, in the “Interview-Series” : Andrea Gulickx, don’t miss it!
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Interview-series: Alessandra Meniconzi

AleFinlandia_02 2Interview Alessandra Meniconzi
by Kristel Schneider

‘ …I am attempting to document the remaining indigenous people who are still living as they have had for thousands of years…’

I got acquainted with Alessandra’s work through her photo series “Nenets, the last nomads of Artic Siberia”. Taken by the pureness of the images I wanted to see more of what she did and started following her work. Alessandra is a photographer of indigenous people and traditional cultures. She prefers rough faraway places, mountainous sites and deserts. A closer look at her portfolio will make you feel the love and passion she has for her subjects in the way she captures the real beauty and pureness of these places and their inhabitants.

1 Q: Can you introduce yourself in a few lines, explain your background and how you got introduced to (nature) photography?
A: I was born in the south of Switzerland and I graduated from the College of Arts as a graphic designer. After working several years in different companies I took a 4- month trip to the Indian Himalayas. I first used the camera to document my trip around Asia just to show the images to my family and close friends. At that time it never crossed my mind to be a photographer, it just happened some years later. My career was launched when I submitted photos of people of some Chinese minorities to a magazine. Today my work centers on the ancient heritage, customs, spirituality, and daily life of indigenous people who are strongly connected to nature and whose traditional cultures are at risk of vanishing. Photography, for me, is still a strong passion, it is my life and I never I consider it as a job even if today I sell my images.

2 Q: What originally triggered your interest in indigenous people and traditional cultures?
A: What motivates me the most the interaction between wild places and ancient cultures, as well as a fascination with native people who subsist in isolated regions of the world, and a profound respect for them. I strive to portray the lives of indigenous people with authenticity, insight and sensitivity. The more encounters with the multitude cultures and traditions, the more I realize that we are losing our cultural richness through globalization. Sometimes, I regret that nowadays most people, magazines, and even the news mostly focus on the fragility of nature and wildlife. We should not forget that our planet is inhabited by an incredible kaleidoscope of ethnic groups, each with their own social and cultural traditions that have to be preserved. They all belong to the patrimony of mankind as a whole !

3 Q: By looking at the destinations you photographed you must put a lot of time in preparing your trips. Can you explain how you proceed and if you plan to do this all alone again?
A: I choose my locations according to my personal interest. My favorite places are a mix of wild places and minority people who keep the cultural and social traditions strong. The remote corners of Asia are still my favorite places to travel, as well as how you can approach them with photography. I avoid the places where all the tourists go ; I always look for more remote locations. Even for popular subjects, I try to find an unusual way to photograph them. If I go for a special assignment or for my private project I prefer to travel just with a close friend . That way I am more flexible and the photographic results are much better.

Over my trips I have also hitch-hiked, traveled on public buses and trains. I rent a car when there is no other way to reach the destination I want. By traveling on a mountain bike, I have learned not to haste and to cultivate the spirit of adaptation; but especially to be careful and to pick up what there is around for me. I don’t like to travel with big tour groups: you have to follow a guide and you are not free to go or stay wherever you like. And what if you have a lot of photographs to shoot of the same subject at the same place? Moreover, I don’t like to be driven by someone.

Before the internet it was more difficult to plan a trip, to have fast contact with local people abroad or to see what a place looked like. Today thanks to the internet things have been easier than ever. However I love both ways to plan a trip. Both have their pros and their cons.

With the internet the images of the place that you want to visit are valuable pieces of advice. These images can give you an idea of the location you want to visit. But it is important to read books or articles about your destination and study the itinerary on a map. Depending on the destination, I search for a specialized travel agency to organize a tour for a small group or just for one person. I send them my itinerary and sometimes I ask for suggestions. This works very well. I like to be surprised by the place I travel to and sometimes the journey changes from the original plan. Often when you travel you discover new places and you add these locations to the long list of your future travels!

4 Q: When I look at your images two words come to my mind: pureness and light. You have a way of capturing people in a very innocent and pure way and combine this with beautiful nature details and light. Some scenes can be prepared and anticipated, but a lot of them are the result, I think, of being at the right place at the right time. How long do you generally stay on one location and do you go back to the same place?
A: I try to spend time with them and learn about their social customs and traditions. We need to discover one other. If you respect and understand people of different cultures, it is much easier to capture their essence. I will never insist on taking a picture of someone who doesn’t give me the permission. I am a guest in their land, so respect is my first priority. I don’t like to just take pictures of a place or people that will be seen an “icon”  or just because they are nice. If I work like that I feel that I give just the surface of the subject whom I photographed. My intention is to go beyond the surface. I have learned to go back to some places, meet the same people again, wait until the light is the best, experiment with different lenses, vantage points and different techniques.
It is not easy to make people feel comfortable in front of big lenses and professional cameras but it is possible. There is not a secret technique to take pictures with comfortable subjects; the time that you spent with them beforehand is the important and essential thing to do. What is important too is to learn about social custom and traditions. When you work in intimate situations with people, you need time to discover one another. When I meet new people, I like to explain my intentions, sometimes I need an interpreter (I will prefer someone who lives in the same place with the same culture – better someone local, friend or relative that speak a little bit of English). Other times I draw what I would like to shoot. But it is mainly with a smile or a friendly gesture that I am able to explain my photographic intention. The first thing that I have learned is to read their reaction and understand if they like to be my “model” for a while. If you respect and understand people (of every culture) it is easier to capture the essence and the feelings of the subject. I will never insist for a picture of someone who doesn’t give me the permission or refuse to be photographed.
Photography is another way to express your personality. When you press the shutter release of the camera your feelings and the way you see the world materialize. The camera is not the issue; the true factor is who stands behind it. To take photos is a kind of meditation: I need to have a free mind to find a good place and the time to concentrate. At home l always review my images closely, I am very critical with my work. And I try to learn from my mistakes and I wonder how I will make better pictures the next time I do.

5Q What are your photography goals, destinations for 2014 and what would you like to achieve ?
A: For more than a decade I have worked extensively in remote areas of Asia, documenting minority people and their traditional cultures. More recently, I have expanded my efforts to encompass Arctic and sub-Arctic regions that are being threatened by climate change, development, and resource extraction.
In the Far North, I focus on indigenous arctic people, their daily lives and customs, their relationships with nature, and their struggle to preserve their ancient cultures and maintain their ethnic identities in the face of climate change and the pressures of the modern world. Drawn to the harsh beauty and isolation of the Arctic, and concerned about the transformation occurring there due to rising temperatures and modernization, I am attempting to document the remaining indigenous people who are still living as they have had for thousands of years. I am attempting to preserve a compelling visual record of their vanishing ancestral traditions. When I work in the Arctic I feel that I make real contact with the power of nature. And by interacting closely with the native people there, I’m able to learn about and document their unique way of life in connection to the rhythms of nature. I’m trying to create images of these people and their cultures before they disappear.

6Q Share with us one of your favorite personal photographs? And tell the story behind it?

CHINA

For a week, I went on excursions around the most panoramic locations of the Ailao Mountains in China. At the highest point of the mountain, a spectacular natural amphitheater appeared before my eyes. With the moving of the clouds and the rising of the sun, an extraordinary atmosphere that almost feels magical, I was captured by the splendor of the unusual scenery. The wind hit me with its gusts without a break. Taking photographs with the tripod became an almost impossible task. The day appeared to be misleadingly sunny; in the blink of an eye thick fog transformed into thick clouds filled with rain, which quickly blackened the sky. The sky in this area is nearly always cloudy and for over six months a year the entire region is wrapped in thick fog. I was able to take this image when, for a very short moment, blue sky reflected into the water below.

7Q: Do you have any exhibitions or other events coming up?
A: On 25 January I had a Slideshow in Italy. I presented my journeys to Arctic Siberia with the Nenets people.
In spring I have another exhibition but not the date and location is not decide yet. I will let you know.

Before the interview Alexandra had a look at Kristel’s website (www.kristelschneiderphotography.com) and picked out two images that really popped out for her and she explains why:

Winter is the most magical time of the year to shoot.
This image from the tree (tree gallery)  is pretty meditative and give me a sense of calm and silence.
I can call this image; Winter of Solitude !

I like the pictures of flowers (plant and mushroom gallery).  They express the delicacy and beauty. My favorite is this one from the Spring snowflakes.
The soft wash of the foreground has a strong emotional response for the focus flower as subject.
It is a nice and vibrant artistic interpretation.

Coming up next, in the “Interview-Series” : Cindy Jeannon, don’t miss it!
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Image: Greens and white – editors pick

NatureScapes.NET  Landscape Gallery : Editors Pick

 

Greens and White

Col de Guéry | Auvergne,  France

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Some feedback so far:

  • Beautiful Kristel! I can’t believe it! In the NE USA we had 35 degrees and snow last week and today it is almost 90 degrees (F of course) and hot and humid!
  • The snow gives it a pastel look. May was colder than usual here.
  • Love the detail and contrast.
  • Another beautiful image!
  • So beautiful!!!! Stay warm
  • I love the delicate detail and dusting of snow Kristel — superb image!
  • I like this low-contrast rendition. It shows that winter must not always be harsh, but can be gentle too.

Other editors picks so far (2013):

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What makes you tick?

What makes you tick?
by Kristel Schneider
 
 

What makes you tick?
Photography for me and for you?

Today I read a blog post from photographer Kari Post about an interview she had with a little girl for her school project. The girl wants to be a nature photographer one day and  one of the questions she asked Kari was; do you like what you do?  “I love it, I think it is really important to find something you are passionate about. If what you are doing doesn’t make you happy, then you have to ask yourself why you are doing it.” – Kari Post

Do you like what you do? A question I think everybody has to answer once in their lives.
A couple of years ago, I also had to answer the same question and my answer back then did not start with, I love it…..and  in 2007, I made a choice: I decided to follow my spouse and moved from the Netherlands to the Auvergne| France I traded my good earning job as a communications consultant to become a photographer and devote myself entirely to my passion; photography. And if someone  asked me the same question now, in 2013,
I can say without no doubts, I love it!

Some nature Photographers who I interviewed for Visions and Nature answered with:

” I came to photography because of nature, I was always extremely interested in nature. I painted it, and as a child I was a hunter. I grew up in a culture with a very deep hunting tradition. I hunted until I started caring and feeling about animals so much that in the end I did not understand why we had to kill them. So I traded my guns for cameras when I was 14 years old. It felt so natural to me. Since then I have been out every day to look at the tracks in the snow or to listen to the birds and look at the animals. Nature for me goes very deep. Nature Photography is my language; I speak it better than English…” – Jim Brandenburg

” I have worked as art director, and later a creative director, in advertising for over 15 years. I have created myths; worlds of make belief, using images that are far beyond reality. What I like about nature photography is in the first place nature itself, but also the fact that nature can be just as impressive or touching, and often even more, than the fake world that we see on billboards and in commercials every day. In many ways my switch to nature photography is basically an escape to reality…”Marsel van Oosten

” Having worked in the fashion industry for many years as a fashion designer I realized I was always working and thinking in boxes which limited my creativity. By working as a full time nature and wildlife photographer I have now limitless possibilities in making creative  images. Moreover  nature is the most beautiful “office” to work in…” – Jeroen Stel

You can feel that they are passionate about what  they are doing, Nature Photography.
Their desire was to be in Nature, creative and enjoy every minute of it.

What would your answer be on:
What makes you tick? What would you do with your life if money was no object?
How would you really enjoy spending your life ?

Photographer Hank Perry replied on the same blog post I read today with a video link.
A link from Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born philosopher, writer, and speaker.

I like to share with you the same link ….

What do you desire ?

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