Reflections …..and plans 2017

by Kristel Schneider

The last days of the year. For many of us, this is now a time of reflection.

2016 was a year that showed us the crazy world we live in ; terrorist attacks, wars and big political changes. We lost loved ones and idols.
A year that you would like to forget quickly and move on….but there is more….more and more we see the effects of our  behavior on nature, climate change, animals that are being killed to prevent them from coming too close to our so called ‘civilization’, like the foxes in London or the wolves in the countryside and so many other wild animals by hunters all over the world.

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All these sad things  almost make us forget to look at the good things we have achieved and the great moments we should cherish.

Last year I wrote about my first difficult years in the photography industry. I also wrote that “you have to grow into your job”. Even so, it is still a difficult field to work in and I am still learning about its ‘culture, politics’. I have not reached the point where I would like to be, but luckily enough, I can look back again at a successful photography year which opened  new opportunities, travels,  images and  publications.

I am very happy 2016 gave me the opportunity to finish my little tour with my first solo show “Variations in Trees” (in France and in Italy ). I had a 10-page publication in Swedish magazine, Camera Natura ; published my second article on Dutch website Zoom.nl. In French magazine Macro Photography I could get a 14-page publication and 15 of my images have been published in the book ‘Fôrets d’Auvergne‘. It is the second year that I have worked with Nordic Vision photo tours and I have very good memories about the 2nd tour I guided for them, in Auvergne last Autumn. As a result, I will guide the tours  in my region and abroad in 2017.

Publicatie Camera Nature nr 1 2016_b

2016 was also the year that brought me 2 photo competition recognitions : highly-commended Biophotocontest 2016 and 1st price International Photo competition Natur Namur 2016 and my first video debut for French newspaper La Montagne, in their video series “La Montage Images” featuring local photographers. Last but not least, the Lowland Photo-festival experience, where I was invited to give a photo lecture  in front of a 600 + audience about my Variations in Trees.

© Jef Pauwels

© Jef Pauwels

Now is the time to thank all of those who visited and attended the presentation, the shows, workshops and photo-tour for their nice company, feedback, and comments.

2017
For the coming year, I already have exciting photography ideas, a private photo project, a new photo tour destination, a lecture and new challenges planned and already scheduled. But I will tell you more about it when the time has come. To all new followers on my blog “Visions on Nature”, Facebook or other social media, I would like to thank you all for your support and the encouraging feedback you wrote over 2016.

To all of you, I wish a very happy, creative and healthy New Year, with many moments of beautiful light. Let us meet in 2017, be it in the field, at a festival or just online.

Thanks !

Kristel
www.kristelschneiderphotography.com

 

Expo photo Variations in Trees – in Italy

Variations in Trees photo expo in Italy.

During the Bio Photo Festival I will show my Variations and Trees exhibit.
Hope to see you there !

 

Variations in Trees expobio-photo-festival-2016
Bio Photo Festival 2016
September 22th to 25th 2016 – Budoia (PN) ITALY

List other expo’s:

•Pierluigi Rizzato – ITA – www.pierluigirizzato.com
•Marco Urso – ITA – www.photoxplorica.com
•Willy Di Giulian – ITA – willydigiulian.blogspot.it
Jean-Marie Séveno – FRA – www.jean-marie-seveno.net
Michel d’Oultremont – BELG – www.micheldoultremont.com
•Gabriele Bano – ITA – www.gabrielebano.weebly.com
•Circolo Fotografico Palmarino – ITA – www.cfpalmarino.com
•Neil Aldridge – ENG – www.conservationphotojournalism.com
•Adam Ławnik – POL – www.adamlawnik.pl
Kristel Schneider – NED – www.kristelschneiderphotography.com
•Marco Dian – ITA – www.marcodian.com

Link: http://www.biophotocontest.com/eng/festival/2016/intro/#/0

First video debut | Intentional Camera Movement (ICM)

ICM Technique
by Kristel Schneider

Fresh spring greens with sunlight
A couple of months ago the local newspaper La Montagne asked me if I was willing to join in their video series “La Montage Images” featuring local photographers.  Their aim was to create short videos to promote photography to a wider public. The first season hosted all  the photographers who work for the local newspaper and because of the success they decided to start a second season  along with local photographers who would explain a photo subject to the general public. So not too technical, but rather show that photography can be fun to explore. I decided to talk about ICM technique –  a technique which to be used whenever you want to create abstract images by moving your camera about.

At the end of April we did the video shoot in a woody area, close to Ravel in Auvergne | France. My timing was right for the fresh green leaves on trees, which resulted in a nice
subject for the image example. I must say,  it was difficult to stay serious while I was  talking, especially as I had two cameras pointing at me while a guy with  big headphones and microphone was moving about.
I first only agreed on doing this video if I could speak English. Indeed I did not feel comfortable enough to do this all in French – hence the voice-over performed by a French native speaker.
English link below the video.

(Put on HD for better image quality)

For more ICM images click: here

To listen to this video in English click: here

Published in book: Les plus belles Forêts d’Auvergne et du Limousin

31/05/2016

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May 25 the book Les plus belles Forêts d’Auvergne et du Limousin was launched by Page Centrale in Thiers.
This book brings together the best photographs, mostly unpublished,  from the Auvergne and Limousin forests by local photographers.

Photographers: Philippe Aboulin, Jean-Francois Amelot, Benoît Barres, Philippe Bousseaud, Remi Flament, Fabrice Cahez Cyril Coudert, Forest Follies, Patrick Morand, Luc Olivier, Museum of chestnut Montjoux Didier Pepin Christophe Rué, Kristel Schneider and Fabrice Vincent. Text by: Claudy Combe, forest engineer.

I am happy to be part of this beautiful book, with 15 of my tree/forest scene images published.

The book format is 24*30cm, has 168 pages with 94 images text in France .
Publisher  PAGE CENTRALE
ISBN 9791090367210
2016

Here are links to see some of the pages:
http://www.page-centrale.com/?fond=produit&ref=ESPRIT_DES_LIEUX_004&id_rubrique=38&id_image=866
https://youtu.be/mDf68yT-hTY

Expo photo – Variations in Trees

See you in Hauteville-Lompnes ?!

Variations in Trees

Publication in Swedish magazine: Camera Natura

The Swedish photo magazine, Camera Natura,  published an overview of my  work ;  a total of 10 pages are published in issue n° 1  2016.
A beautiful magazine, that showcases work of 7 photographers, Peter Grahn, Niklas Virsén, Stefan Oscarsson/N, Magnus Martinsson/N, Claes Thorberntsson, Frang Dushaj and Tom Svensson/N

I am featured in the first article, which displays a mix of some of my intimate landscape and close-up photography images (11 images) along with background information about me and  some of my thoughts on photography.

Publicatie Camera Nature nr 1 2016_b

 

 

Publication in French Photography magazine: Macro Photographie

 

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The French photo magazine, Macro Photographie,  published an overview of my close up work,  a total of 14 pages are published in issue n° 11,  2016.
A beautiful magazine that showcases  the work of 7 photographers  in a full page portfolios in every edition.

I am featured in portfolio  2 witch shows a mix of some of my close up photography (10 pages) and the four-page text reads an  interview and some of my thoughts on photography.

For those who live in France the issue is now for sale in the kiosks.

 

 

Macro-magazine

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