Alexander Koenders is a Olympus Pro wildlife photographer who wishes to share his encounters with wildlife and other beautifully wonders of nature all over the world through photography and workshops.
Living at the Netherlands, Alexander is used to find wildlife in a very crowded country where many people need all the space available not leaving much for nature. Still it's surprising to see how even at the Netherlands nature can find a place and will have the possibility to sustain a healthy wild- and plant life.
Through photography Alexander wants to show the people the important of a healthy environment and strong natural reserves.
We had the amazing occasion to get a interview from the professional wildlife photographer, so don't hesitate to check it out among more.
What’s your creative process like? I take a lot of time studying the subject I like to photograph. Knowing where it lives and what it needs to stay alive helps with choosing the right moment to go for a photo shoot. Sometimes it takes several weeks ore month before I will be able to shoot the photograph I wanted. But because of the fact that wildlife isn't easy to control, it takes a lot of skill and knowledge to succeed.
Where do you find inspiration and why you like photography? The inspiration comes from the fact that without a healthy environment and natural reserves mankind will perish. Teaching the people trough images and movies helps them to understand the importance of nature and all what lives in it. Besides that, I love to learn from all the creatures of the world and to see the parallels between them and us. Knowing that we need each other to survive.
What are some tips you could give to people that really like your work? Wildlife photography starts by finding out what lives at your own doorstep. Learn to look and understand before taking pictures. Try to find the right moment through knowing what you're subject will do next so that you can make a choice when to push the button. Hasty actions won't help bud taking you're time will help you make that one of a kind photograph.
Can you name one great photographer that inspires you with his works and why? National Geographic photographer mister Jim Brandenburg is my example at the world of wildlife photography. A man able to "reed" and understand wildlife at his purest form. Especially his work with wolfs all over the world and his work "chasing the light" inspires a lot and wants me to take a step further at my profession.
If you have something else to add just tell us. In the next 4 weeks I will leave for Eastern Canada to photograph bears, wolfs and whales. Trying to tell the story of the Caplinrun and photograph the fragile balance between this little fish and worlds biggest predators.
Mr. Alexander Koenders, thank you very much for your great support.We would like to wish you good luck with your Canadian wildlife experience. Don't hesitate to contact us when you will be back home.
Below you will find a couple of photographs which Alexander took on his travel to Hokkaido Japan, just before the big earthquake.