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Bart Heirweg

As a child I was always more likely to be found outdoors than indoors. I believe it was back then I developed my strong interest in nature and outdoor life. I started off as a convinced birdwatcher, but fairly soon I shifted to photography. Being there at the right time, the right place and with the best light, I often get overwhelmed by the power and beauty of nature. However, realizing I was the only one to witness these moments of nature at its best, I chose to put them on film.

By now, I have left amateur photography behind me and chose to narrow my focus. My heart goes out to landscape photography, as I get a thrill every single time I look through my viewfinder and detect that light, composition and location all blend in perfectly. Whenever I am out in the field I try to familiarize with the environment first and then I quietly wait for the perfect moment to take that one special picture. It’s a feeling hard to describe: adrenaline shots as only a real landscape photographer knows them.

For the last couple of years I’ve been organizing workshops and giving lectures in the hope to inspire other people as well. In 2011, I finally took the plunge and quit my day-time job. Working as a full-time professional photographer has not given me more time – if anything, I’m working more than ever -, but it has enabled me to wake up every day knowing that I’m doing the one thing I love most of all.

In the end, it all comes down to the fact that when photographing, I finally find the peace and quiet I so miss in today’s world. Every day again the beauty of nature surprises and delights me: photography is my way of sharing this unique feeling with others.

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