Photographer: Roeselien Raimond
🖼 "I'm a Dutch photographer, living in one of the most densely populated areas of the Netherlands, where finding nature is somewhat of a challenge. Professionally, I have always been balancing between art and psychology, having a major fascination for both of them. Of course, nature played a highly important role, too, but nature was just always there, not demanding much attention."
❓Who or what influenced you as a photographer the most at the beginning of your journey? Tell us about your journey.
🗣 I guess... Just my own need to express myself and a strong urge to spend more time outside, in nature. I had been ridiculously working as a web designer for years. And although it may sound like a pretty cool job, in the end, you are sitting 24/7 between 4 walls staring at a screen. I needed to smell fresh air, to go back to (my) nature and to create something beautiful just for myself, not yet another design for some boring financial company.
❓How did you start your professional career, and how did you come to that?
🗣 By taking a leap of faith. I knew I needed a job, but I didn't want to be a designer anymore. So the most logical move seemed to turn my hobby into my career. But, besides the risk of losing my hobby that way, I was told frequently that making a living out of nature photography was just impossible. Almost everyone has a camera in his pocket, and before Covid to us hostage, people visited the most incredible places with the most beautiful animals. Especially back then, I didn't have the money to travel. How could I possibly stand out of this crowd? And yet, somehow, I did! And, of course, some doors are closing. But I learned to trust my own creativity, and when one door closes, I just open a new one. That's why I expanded my writing. Something else I just love to do. And that's why I became an editor. I love to put other photographers in the spotlights! Oh, and a few years ago, I started to do interviews as well. And all these activities are nature photography related, which makes it a perfect combination altogether.
❓What hardware and software tools are you using at your workspace and why?
🗣 I use Photoshop. As a (web)designer, I worked with this program every day. Sometimes people ask me: "Can you do that in Photoshop?" And I always answer: "Not sure if I can, but Photoshop can do everything!" It's just brilliant software, very intuitive, Oh and I use Windows. Not so intuitive, but good enough!
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS Type II
- Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM
- Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro
- Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
❓What does Photography mean to you, and what motivates you?
🗣 For me, Photography is a way to express myself. I could have chosen a brush or a chisel. It doesn't matter that much. It's about letting out what's hiding inside, and at the time, a camera seemed a logical tool.
And besides, a camera is a pretty good excuse to go outside and to add some adventure to my walk, and I started to bring my camera with me.
❓What was your most challenging project so far and why?
🗣 Photographing sea sparkle / bioluminescent algae. This is a quite rare phenomenon, where the waves glow blue, and it can only be seen at night. I don't live near the coast, and you never know when it's happening, so we (me and my former boyfriend) went many times in vain before finally succeeding in capturing this magic. Oh, and did I mention that wonderful night we spent in the sea, with the water above our waist., enjoying that magical blue light show around us? The next morning we read in the newspaper that a mini tsunami had taken place just a few hours after we left, exactly where we had been standing….
❓What was the most important skill that you learned, and how does it help you now?
🗣 I never chose a pre-chewed path and never tried to make what others make. I've always followed my own course. I didn't obey rules but worked from the heart, just as I felt. And I still do. I think it helped me in creating authentic photos. And people notice there's something personal about my work, which is seen and appreciated. I've often heard: Even from the thumbnail, I could tell it was a 'Roeselien', which I consider a beautiful compliment.
❓What is your dream project or art direction you're starving to try in the next 10 years?
🗣 Nothing in particular. I'm curious what is to come, just hoping my work becomes more and more 'me'. More personal. More storytelling. And maybe this will be a combination of Photography and writing as I love both, and together, they can be so much more than 1+1. And I secretly hope that, in 10 years, drawing will be at least a part of it, too.
❓Can you tell us about a personal or professional project you are proud of?
🗣 That must be my Zen Foxes, a project I created years ago. This has become one of my best-selling series, probably because it's a quite personal subject. For me, they represent an inner peace I, and probably many of us, am looking for. The way foxes can just enjoy the moment without puzzling about yesterday or worrying about tomorrow, intrigues me and I caught that feeling in this theme.
❓Do you have any passion projects you're working on or plan to start?
🗣 Haha of course. But I will do it before I announce it. So be patient and just keep following me.
❓If you had just one question but anything that you could ask and get an answer to, what would it be?
🗣 Is it true?