My photography: Composition, design and creative storytelling. A personal view with a particular focus and multifaceted perspectives on life.

I am not a Pro. I am just an enthusiast.

It's like I (Nicki) am having a long-distance love affair with photography, heated by times, cooling off when departing, but always present. Fact is it has never been the only love in my life (see background below and About us). But I am delighted to see how it is all coming together now. I am enthusiastic, we are on a mission.

My photography

I love composition and design - and, of course, storytelling and will use this as my base for photography to open hearts and create interest in exploring new horizons – physically or virtually. My photos support my writing and vice versa; both are rooted in the desire to create awareness for the beauty and weirdness of our (underwater) world, introducing species and their habitats as well as destinations, piquing interest in diving and the protection of fragile ecosystems, highlighting connections within these systems as well as to human behaviour. We form nature, yet we are part of it.

Composition, design and storytelling elsewhere

Travel, nature and wildlife photos are integrated into the English as well as the German blog (see entries listed at the bottom of the page). Underwater photography has its own special mission to grow into or me growing into it. I started to set up collections featuring photography on land as well as underwater to which I continuously add more photos:

Warm regards

Postcards to the world

Waves of energy

Photo series

Art by nature

Shapes, colours and patterns

Background: My love-affair with photography

Photography fascinated me already early on in life. I loved the old black and white photos of my parents and oldest brother and got my first camera when I was nine years old.  I mainly remember running after butterflies and harassing my family. Together with my best teenage friend, I explored the possibilities to stage and present ourselves in a different light. However, we didn't even think of sharing the results with others! I joined the photography club in school and learnt how to use a SLR and how to develop pictures in a dark room. Pretty motivated I bought my first SLR camera, an Olympus - second-hand, of course. National geographic and other magazines as well as travel and nature documentaries on TV created a longing to see the world and bring stories home. Travelling and working abroad opened up new horizons and stay one of my inspirations until today, but was also separated me from my love affair for a while (more in My long way to underwater photography).

Only when I had finished my studies and worked at the NGO with the beautiful name WEED (World Economy, Ecology and Development e. V.) I started to take some classes at the Photo Centrum in Berlin Kreuzberg. It felt so good to get back in touch with that part of me and highly motivated I bought my first DSLR camera (Pentax KR1) and managed to integrate some photography into my following NGO work and simply enjoyed playing around and discovering the possibilities of digital photography for myself.

When I started diving in the tropics in 2011 it felt like a whole new universe or maybe another dimension revealed itself (My long way to underwater photography). I followed my heart and used photography to illustrate the stories I was sending home to let family and friends see what our lives looked like on land. To take them with us into our underwater realm I luckily could share Yoeri's beautiful clips.

My photography with focus on composition, design and creative storytelling is also embedded in other parts of the website.

Selection of blog entries

in English as well as in German featuring picture galleries from around the world.

Spring to action: Vom Bild zur Karte mit Affirmation Nordholland April 2021: Foto eines Tulpenfelds in Nord-Holland im April 2021. Die pinken Blütenköpfe recken sich vom Vordergrund bis zum Hintergrund und billden ein geometrisches Muster: Spring to mind sagt Devocean Pictures. Field of pink tulips in Noth-Holland in April 2021 strechting throughout the whole frame. Post or greeting card with warm regards.

Spring to action: Vom Bild zur Karte mit Affirmation

By Nijae / 7. Mai 2021

Da ich es liebe, Karten zu versenden – und zu erhalten – , schaue ich mich immer gerne nach guten alten Postkarten um. Doch viel zu oft finde ich leider nicht, was ich suche, und schreite daher selbst zur Tat. „Spring to action: Vom Bild zur Karte mit Affirmation“ zeigt eine Auswahl […]

Bumblebee full of pollen sitting in a purple crocus at the yellow pistil in a green field in March 2021, Dortmund Westfalenpark, Germany.

Im Bann der Jahreszeiten: Raus, wenn du kannst

By Nijae / 8. April 2021

Raus, wenn du kannst, hat uns in doppelter Hinsicht durch diesen Winter getragen. Im Bann der Jahreszeiten diente es uns als vage Hoffnung auf eine wohligere Zukunft, doch wichtiger war sicher die nähere Umgebung zu erkunden, damit wir während dieses Wartens nicht durchgedreht sind. Jedenfalls noch nicht. Immer mal wieder […]

Titelbild zu "Richtig Stimmung unter dem Gefrierpunkt". Zugefrorener kleiner See in den Niederlanden. Die Sonne scheint durch die Bäume am gegenüberliegenden Ufer, die ihre Schatten auf das dunkle Eis und die dünne Schneeschicht, die den See noch zu Teilen bedeckt, werfen. Wolkenloser, blauer Himmel dazu.

Richtig Stimmung unter dem Gefrierpunkt

By Nijae / 12. März 2021

Gerade liegen die Temperaturen zwar eindeutig über Null, doch der Sturm und Regen lässt unsere Stimmung in ungeahnte Tiefen sinken. Irgendwie schafft es das nasse Regenwetter sogar, dass sich alles kälter anfühlt als mit Eis und Schnee. Vor vier Wochen sah die Welt noch ganz anders aus. Da war richtig […]

Underwater close-up of an encrusting sponge: Orange with veins and opening (pore) in the centre. Prepared as postcard "Ich fühle" and logo of Devocean Pictures.

Unter Schutz stellen

By Nijae / 27. September 2020

Auch wenn uns in Wakatobi nach Komodo die geliebten Mantas fehlten und Haie zu seltenen Gästen wurden, denken wir weiterhin voller Liebe und Dankbarkeit an die Vielfalt und das Leben an den Riffen. Korallenriffe sind komplexe Ökosysteme, die wir nicht nur um ihrer selbst Willen unter Schutz stellen sollten. Neben […]

Hummingbird bobtail squid (Euprymna berryi), also known as Berry's bobtail squids is half buried in the dark sand of Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Shiny body in blue and green metallic with black spots with yellow to golden around the visible left eye.

Squids: Upside down and fast backwards

By Nijae / 31. August 2020

Squids can swim upside down and fast backwards to get away from it all. These cephalopods range from pygmy squids of 10-16 millimetres to giant squids of more than 10 meters. As a member of the „Savvy softies: Octopus, cuttlefish and squid“ they are highly intelligent invertebrates. Upside down Squid […]

Side portrait of red painted frogfish (Antennarius pictus) itting next to algae - photographed at Lipah Beach (Bunutan, Bali, Indonesia)

Frogfish: The odd one out

By Nijae / 12. Juli 2020

Frogfish, a.k.a. anglerfish, are part of the weird and wide group of ambush predators (They got the look). Somehow frogfishes stand out turning them into the all-time favourites of divers and underwater photographers. Some call them ugly, we find them fascinating for many reasons. Frogfish: The odd one out, having brought the […]

Underwater portrait of estuary stonefish (Synanceia horrida). Profile from the right with the flash reflecting in the little black eyes giving away the perfect camouflage of this ambush predator.

Stonefish: Venomous touch

By Nijae / 12. Juni 2020

Another ambush predator is the infamous stonefish because of its venomous touch. The venom of the stonefish is the strongest not only of all the ambush predators, but of all fish, and a sting, depending on the amount of venom entering the victim, can be fatal also for humans. Ambush […]

Underwater macro shot of Goniobranchus geometricus (black and white with little blue-grey and yellow tips of rhinophores and gills) lifting its head while sitting on a solitary gold-mouth tunicate (Polycarpa aurata) in orange, purple and white.

Entwicklung in Zeit und Raum: Trauern mit Fotografie

By Nijae / 7. Juni 2020

Der Tod gehört zum Leben. Wir alle wissen das, schaffen es aber immer wieder, diese Tatsache meisterhaft zu verdrängen, bis es einen Menschen trifft, den wir lieben. Ich fühlte mich anschließend lange verloren in Zeit und Raum, abgetrennt von mir selbst und meiner Entwicklung. Doch das Leben bleibt nicht plötzlich […]

Underwater close-up of shaggy Ambon scorpionfish (Pteroidichthys amboinensis) shot in Lembeh, Indonesia, in January 2019. An ambush predator looking a little bit like Elvis: Reddish colour with yellow around the eyes and underside of mouth Pectoral fins spread off widely and long cirri (filaments above the eyes) plus skin flaps and more filaments all over the body to blend in.

Ambon scorpionfish: A shaggy Elvis

By Nijae / 22. Mai 2020

Just like Elvis, only with “hair” towards both sides of the head. That’s one of the pictures that comes to my mind looking at an ambon scorpionfish (Pteroidichthys amboinensi). Unlike on Elvis, the information that can be found online on this beautiful species is rather slim though. Shaggy style to […]

Underwater close-up of hard coral polyps often mistaken for soft coral or anemone with green inside, brown rim around it and white mantle. Heart-shape or liver-shape of the single polyp. Fimbriaphyllia ancora is also known as anchor coral, hammer coral, sausage coral, ridge coral, or bubble honeycomb coral. Prepared as postcard "I love" and logo of Devocean Pictures.

Warum ich tauchen liebe

By Nijae / 8. Mai 2020

Ich war mir sicher, dass ich tauchen lieben würde, denn nur im Wasser könnte ich das Gefühl des Fliegens aus meinen Träumen erleben (Wie ich zum tauchen kam). Davon war ich überzeugt und so ist es gekommen. Seitdem ist es nur noch besser geworden. Die Sucht des Tauchens Schwerelosigkeit und […]