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.
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:
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
From grief blurring my vision and how photo competitions helped me tap 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 themselves. I love ordinary subjects, often overlooked by underwater […]
Happy news! Finally, there is another page under photography online: Art by nature features mainly underwater pictures, but not exclusively. New photo gallery: Art by nature Beauty lies in the details. I love looking for particular combinations and patterns formed by colours, textures, and shapes. Nature is an endless provider […]
In short: I and my cameras have not always lived in perfect harmony. I love diving and find it very relaxing. Why add another activity on top? Initial struggles were followed by a longer break until I started with a new mindset. It’s not that there were no more frustrations […]
Hiking across the border of Poland and the Czech Republic offers panoramic views and granite sculptures in the Giant Mountains. Follow our route from summer 2019 in my pictures below. The Giant Mountains with granite sculptures The Giant Mountains (Riesengebirge) brought up vague childhood memories of a mountain spirit called […]
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 move […]
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 […]