About the Artist


"Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear.

Such people become crazy... or they become legend." - Jim Harrison

 

 

Dave taking photos at the Teufelsmauer, Harz National Park 2008

About Dave



Dave is a passionate and award-winning photographer and professional software engineer currently living in Leipzig, Germany. In the past years he has worked for Panasonic and eBay among other E-Commerce and Travel companies, lived near Magdeburg, Hamburg,  Köthen, New York (USA) and Berlin, while he is now concentrating on his development profession at Check24 and the Dynamic Galleries photo website system. Besides software development he has been focusing on his photography for more than a decade now and his passion is constantly growing. During his studies of Information Management Dave was introduced to basic techniques through a fellow photographer and his interest simply took off. A keen landscape photographer, he now enjoys scouting remote locations in wild regions and never gets tired of being outdoors, traveling, hiking and seeking the best possible light and interesting weather conditions for an image.

Photo (right): Teufelsmauer, Harz Nationalpark. Photo by Matthias Haltenhof.
 

 

Passion



The earth is an amazing place full of variety and beauty everywhere, but in my opinion it doesn't get much better than relaxing at a remote alpine lake or rugged beach far from civilisation noise, hecticness, stress and every imaginable distraction of our modern world. At those places surrounded by massive snow-covered mountains and breath taking wide views I really feel free. Nature is good for my soul.

One goal of my photography is to record and communicate some of those moments of paradise in nature. Further on I want to show the purity, grandeur and uniqueness of nature and perhaps inspire people to appreciate and respect the remaining wilderness for themselves.

Of course, I'm also a child of civilization and I depend upon technology, computers, books and digital cameras. I have responsibilities, assignments, deadlines etc. But I like to escape as often as I can, recharge my batteries and enjoy solitude.

My photography takes me to spectacular places I might not witness otherwise and it also lets me see these moments with the right kind of eyes, often in weather conditions and at times of the day I might not usally prefer to be in without the motivation of taking photos. I hope to share my way of seeing these scenes with others through my web galleries and prints.

The combination of nature, technology, creativity, traveling, hiking and writing is exactly what I was looking for and what I really enjoy! It's not just love for photography, it's my passion. It goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby, it's about a way of living. Photography, enjoying nature, exploring new landscapes and being offline and away from any devices from time to time to find solitude and serenity is essential to my life.


Dave kajaking and taking photos between Glaciers in Iceland

Equipment



In order to get excellent image quality Dave uses Nikon (D810/D800E) / Canon (5D MkII) full frame camera bodies in combination with the best lenses, spanning from 14mm to 300mm plus some valuable accessories like a Cable Release, Camera Armor, Hot Shoe Spirit Level and a variety of filters like some Singh-Ray Graduated Neutral Density Filters, solid ND filters (from 3 to 9 Stops) and of course a Polariser, all  mounted on a Manfrotto 718B or Manfrotto National Geographic Expedition 2 + Hydrostatic Head RC5 tripod and carried in a Tamrac Expedition 8 backpack. All photo post-processing is done on calibrated Eizo monitors.

Photo (right): Dave kajaking and taking photos between Glaciers in Iceland. Photo by Tony McKee.