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Ingo Arndt

I could do without ticks on my body and rats on my pillow.

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Ingo Arndt

About

Ingo was born 1968 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. From early childhood, he had spent every single minute of his spare time outdoors in nature. Soon he realised that photography was a useful tool in environmental protection, so, after finishing school in 1992, Ingo plunged into the adventurous life of a professional photographer. Since then, he has travelled around the globe for extended periods as a freelance wildlife photographer. In the past few years he has been many times on assignment for GEO Germany.

Ingo’s photographs are mainly published in international magazines. He has received numerous awards for his photography. Several of his images were awarded at the ”Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition”. In 2005 his picture story on “Animal Feet” was awarded at the “World Press Photo Contest” and in 2006 Ingo received the “German Award for Science Photography”.

His books include Marmots (1997), Tierreportagen aus aller Welt (2002), Logbuch Polarstern (2005), Monkeys and Apes (2007), Zeigt her eure Füße (2007), Geheime Welt der Raupen (2008) and Nomads of the Wind (2008)

Website: www.ingoarndt.com/

Interview

Why nature photography?
Since I was a young boy I was sure that nature photography is exactly what I like to do because it’s simply the best combination of nature experience and creativity. You are out in the field, you see some of the most wonderful animals, plants and places on earth, you are creative with your camera and can tell people stories with your pictures.

What's best about it?
You can show people with our pictures the beauty of nature, which is a very important contribution to wildlife conservation.

What's worst about it?
After many years of travelling I can accept most bad thinks but I still hate sitting and waiting for hours and hours on airports. No problems with leeches, but I could do without ticks on my body and rats on my pillow.

Favourite species and places in Europe?
I love kingfishers because of their beauty and because it was the first animal I photographed. We have so many fascinating places in Europe, it’s impossible to select only a single one as my favourite.

What's in the bag?
I carry a lot of equipment and bags with me on a trip. But out in the field I always try to limit my equipment to the smallest I can, because I’m not a packhorse and my back is already demolished. If it’s too heavy I try to hire a native porter or assistant (but never another photographer).

Your specialities / skills?
Somebody told me I have a talent in photographing complete magazine stories.

What will you do in your next life?
Hopefully the same as I do in this life. And if that’s not possible I would love to have a lot of children with my wife Silke (I already found her in this life) and be a good father with enough time and understanding for the youngsters.

3 tips for beginners
1) Learn all about nature you can
2) Be out in the field as much as possible
3) Don’t stand still, try something new

Mission

My mission is to photograph the Corsican Mouflon. I know the island a little from a trip some 15 years ago and can’t wait to go back again. It will be not easy to get good pictures of this elusive animal but it is a great challenge to photograph them in the high mountains. Hope to catch some nice behaviour of this majestic animal in its impressive habitat.

Best Picture

Best Picture

What's cool about it?
I did not take too much pictures in Europe in the last years but this is one of my favourites from 2007. Of course it is very special that so many animals are sitting so close together. But for me it is the combination of grass hanging down like strands of hair together with all the moth and their nice coloration. I also like the soft light which was perfect for this situation.

Could it be better?
Yes. Such an aggreagation of hundreds of animals sitting in vegetation is never perfect in terms of composition for example.

Behind the Scene
Even if it looks like it was easy to photograph this scene, it wasn’t. I had to cross a stream with deep water before I reached a rock from where I could take the picture. It was really hot this day and I found not only hundreds of this moth species, I also found millions of thirsty mosquitoes.

Date: Summer 2007
Location: Rhodes, Greece
Gear: Canon EOS 5, 2,8/70-200mm + 1.4 extender, remote switch, tripod

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