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.

View of mount Lokon from pagoda of Buddhist temple with pagoda and statue in Tomohon (Sulawesi, Indonesia)

Sich treiben lassen oder zwei Wasserratten in den Bergen

By Nijae / 27. Januar 2019

Ihr geht auch noch in eurem Urlaub tauchen, war die verdutzte Nachfrage anderer Gäste auf Lembeh, einer kleinen Insel im Nordosten Sulawesis (Indonesien), wo wir uns für sieben Tage mit unserer Kameraausrüstung austoben konnten. Nachdem wir den Luxus genießen, unserer Leidenschaft fast tagtäglich nachzugehen und die Stunden, die wir unter […]

School of snappers in front of jetty in Wakatobi (Indonesia) with sun rays coming through

Website: Restart to connect and protect

By Nijae / 10. Januar 2019

This is the official restart of our website to live up to a part of our life mission: Connect and protect to transform the world (That’s Devocean). The time is now Two and a half years of absence are coming to an end today. The main reason for not being […]

The only way to travel: boat! Explore the (under)water world and islands in the sky. Dive into the endless ocean and enjoy the sparkling sun on the water while travelling through this magnificent part of the Flores Sea in Indonesia: Komodo Nationalpark.

Islands in the sky

By Nijae / 8. Februar 2016

The only way to explore the water world of Komodo Nationalpark: boat! But it’s more than just a way to travel. We enjoy the view of the islands in the sky before diving into the endless ocean and the sparkling sun on the water when getting back up after another […]

runner in park "Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände" in the city of Berlin where nature and art are meeting in the industrial setup of a former marchalling yard. I was playing with focus and blur that day.

With happy regards from Komodo

By Nijae / 28. Januar 2016

A week ago raining season started in Labuan Bajo. Even though the land in all the Eastern parts of Indonesia badly needed the rain, it does have its downsides. Not only are the clouds blocking our precious sun, but it creates quite some runoff that together with rubbish is being […]

Postcard Warm regards from Devocean Pictures: Devocean Pictures wishes a Happy New Year with water spray creating its own artistic pattern.

Selamat tahun baru!

By Nijae / 6. Januar 2016

Happy ending and off to a good start. Nevertheless, we don’t know where 2016 is taking us. Therefore we keep our eyes open and follow our hearts: „Whatever tomorrow brings, I’ll be there“. Enjoy the soundtrack (Incubus: Drive) and see you hopefully somewhere at some point in this year (Where […]

Komodo Dragon spread out in front of the ranger station on Rinca Island in Komodo (Indonesia).

End of the year

By Nijae / 30. Dezember 2015

End of the year. And what a fantastic end it is: Mantas and dragons. We love Komodo!

Hawksbill Turtle swimming over coral reef in St. Eustatius marine park

Because it’s more fun together

By Nijae / 27. August 2015

Unfortunately, we don’t have the time to work on our website at the moment. So many things we wanna show you, write about, explore, connect and protect, … But other stuff is keeping us busy for now. Nevertheless, we are trying to use our Devocean Pictures Facebook page regularly. Please, […]