From early childhood on (born in 1962), I have been more interested in wildlife than for toy cars. As the first TV series (1968) by Jacques Cousteau and Bernhard Grizmek ran on screen I became
more and more fascinated on Wildlife and Travelling.
At that time, the world was still very small, and travelling to distant worlds, diving and safaris were reserved for privileged people. At that time, I never thought to see a Whale, a Grizzly, a Gorilla or any other “exotic” animal in my life. Having close encounters with any of these creatures was beyond my imagination.
During my studies of Sociology and Ethnology I concentrated myself more and more on native cultures. My travels led me first to West Africa (Ghana, Cameroon) and Southeast Asia (Borneo, Malaysia). At that time I began to deal with photography with low budget equipment and the results were rather very modest mostly due to my lacking skills.
On a trip in 1992 through New England in the USA, I met more coincidentally the world of wildlife. During a Whale-Watching-Trip I got my first encounters with whales. The photographic results were more than just disappointing but the World of Whales and Dolphins began to fascinate me for more than a decade. During the following journeys, I tried to improve the quality of my photographs and got more familiar and closer with the fascinating world of marine mammals in the US, Mexico, Canada, Acores and Africa.
While I am an amateur-photographer, little time remains for me to travel and to take photographs.
My main aim is to come really close to the animals but to have as little influence and damage to them and their habitat as possible. With my photographs I like to show people the Beauty of Nature and by this, to convince them to preserve the environment and the habitats of all living creatures (this means: as well from our own doorstep as well on distant continents).