Yvonne van der Mey – Wildlife Photography
A warm welcome to you! This website provides a virtual journey through a small part of the 400.000 photographs I have taken in Africa and the Netherlands, since 2001. Every year I work for a number of months in Africa, photographing the local wildlife, together with my partner, Wildlife Painter Nico Bulder.
I work and live for almost 30 years with Nico in a wonderful wildlife reserve in the Netherlands, named de Leuvenumse Bossen. My inspiration starts on my doorstep. Living in such a close interaction with nature, you begin to understand that “seemingly unimportant issues” are very important. This is why most of my Dutch work is about the simple and small things in nature. “Make something out of nothing” is my guideline to work with.
An important part of my work is teaching wildlife photography . I do courses for starters and more advanced photographers, a Masterclass and a lot of workshops with different themes. Once in a while I take a group of 8 photographers on short trips in the Netherlands (e.g. to the island of Texel in March) or on a longer photo trip (e.g. in July 2012 to South Africa). Teaching photography, gaining knowledge of nature and wildlife, and having a lot of fun are the keywords of these trips.
“Respect for all that’s alive”, “Stop looking, start seeing”, “keep it simple” and “less is more” are important principles in my work, by words and acts. Working in nature and capturing it on photo, creates a deep feeling of peace and happiness. Which is a great way to spend your time off.
The wildlife I capture on photographs are practically all living in freedom. The few photo’s that are taken from wildlife living in captivity will be marked with a ( c ). It’s my choice not to manipulate my work with software, nature is perfect as it is. The conversion stops at the level of work that used to be done in an old fashioned dark room.
I hope my work provides you with joy, inspiration and knowledge. The entire content of this website is copyright protected. If you are interested in purchasing prints, the right of use or when you have questions about locations or subjects, please contact me through the contact form.
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Yvonne van der Mey
Elspeet, the Netherlands