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.

White face waspfish (Richardsonichthys leucogaster) photographed at a night dive in Lembeh (Sulawesi, Indonesia) on black sand: Round head with whitish patch on forehead, brown, white, beige and red blotches over the whole body, dorsal fin slightly up and angry look in its eyes.

Waspfish: Punk’s not dead

By Nijae / 14. Februar 2020

A warm welcome for the next members of the ambush predators: They got the look. The cackatoo and white face waspfish are the living proof that punk’s not dead, just in hiding, waiting for the right moment to make a move. Having difficulties getting out of bed during the day, in combination with […]

Underwater macro shot of Mimic Octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) in Amed (Bali, Indonesia): brown body with white to bege stripes. Only the head with the eyes sticking out high and the small horns protrude from each eyes being washed to the left by the current. The head is laying in the sand and only one arm is out of the hole in the brown sand floor.

Die Magie des Oktopus und die Faszination Manta

By Nijae / 9. Februar 2020

Ich liebe das Meer und all seine Bewohner. In diesem Sinne versuche ich jeden Tauchgang unvoreingenommen zu beginnen, mich einfach auf das zu freuen, was wohl kommen mag, um mit offenen Augen auch die Schönheit und das fotografische Potential der vermeintlich gängigen Unterwasserlebewesen wertzuschätzen. Doch natürlich gibt es Kandidaten, die […]

Underwater macro shot of a Leaf scorpionfish from the side. Leafy in white-yellow with some small brown spots sitting on acropora hardc coral (Wakatobi, Indonesia).

Leaf scorpionfish: Elegant and timeless

By Nijae / 31. Januar 2020

Leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus), also called paperfish, are the most elegant of all the ambush predators. Not only are they dressed in classical colours, such as black, red, yellow and white, but they also show up in tints of pink, green, brown or ochre. All of them work with dark […]

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.

The picture that made it into the final

By Nijae / 19. Januar 2020

From grief blurring my vision and how photo competitions helped me tapping into energy and creativity again. Where it all began In September 2018 I got a whole new camera system in Singapore, including underwater housing and ports, strobes I added in 2019. It was all so beautiful and shiny, […]

Christmas card with warm regards from Devocean Pictures: 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. Text: Selamat Natal.

Christmas cards: Special edition

By Nijae / 24. Dezember 2019

This year we happily present a special edition of Christmas cards: With warm regards from Devocean Pictures to go around the world. We’d like to celebrate natural as well as cultural diversity and therefore created our special edition of Christmas cards in English, German, Dutch, Spanish and Indonesian. As a […]

Cropped for title of ode to reef life: ode to reef life: Underwater macro shot of shrimp (dasycaris ceratops) wih transparent, red and white body on orange sea pen (order Pennatulacea) with bluish acrozooids.

An ode to reef life

By Nijae / 2. Dezember 2019

7 pictures with 7 lines to share a story and views on life under the sea: Our first ode to reef life, a story around pictures. Let the sunshine in Home sweet home Live and let live All we need Get into the groove Small worlds Evolution Reef life: So […]

Underwater close-up of the arm of a crinoid, also called feather stars (class Crinoidea) in black and orange to yellow. The feathery pinnules on the arms are clearly visible and are used to catch planktonic particles (Wakatobi, Indonesia)..

Photo series: Waves of energy

By Nijae / 27. November 2019

Picture strip as well as all photographs separately with additional information on the different subjects. Photo series: Waves of energy. The underwater world isn’t only full of strange creatures but offers lots of colours, patterns and shapes which are captivating in itself. I love ordinary subjects, often overlooked by underwater […]

Stone path leading through mountain panorama with alpine vegetation to the highest peak Śnieżka in the Giant Mountains on the border of Poland and Czechia.

Panoramic views in the Giant Mountains

By Nijae / 14. Juli 2019

Hiking across the border of Poland and the Czech Republic offer panoramic views and granite sculptures in the Giant Mountains. Follow our route from summer 2019 in pictures below. The Giant Mountains with granite sculptures The Giant Mountains (Riesengebirge) brought up vague childhood memories of a mountain spirit called Rübezahl […]

Streetsigns: Sonnenallee and Hertzbergstr. in Neukölln, Berlin.

A walk from S Sonnenallee to U Kottbusser Tor in Berlin: Memories and discoveries

By Nijae / 2. Juli 2019

My old neighbourhood under new light: A walk from S Sonnenallee to U Kottbusser Tor in Berlin brings up memories and discoveries. Read more on the changes as well as sustainable fashion, barbers and second hand clothes in Neukölln. Berlin memories I love Berlin! It was a huge adventure to […]

Two scots highland cattle standing on open gras field under a clouded sky in Gasterse Duinen, protected nature reserve, close to Gasteren, Drenthe, The Netherlands with dunes, heather and surrounding forest.

We love Drenthe

By Nijae / 19. Juni 2019

Drenthe is a province of the Netherlands. Located in the northeastern part of the country it is often overlooked – at least by Germans on our race to the Western coast. I was lucky enough to get myself a Grunn (Groninger) who moved to Drenthe as a kid: We love […]