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Theo Allofs

Photo by Jami Tarris

Nature is a great artist and entertainer. I am the applauding audience.

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Theo Allofs


When I sit in my arm chair, feet on the ottoman, a cup of espresso in my hands while looking out of the living room window, I think: Life could be much worse!

What I see has been a dream since my a teenage years. Beyond the panorama window stretches a frozen lake, surrounded by snow-covered mountains and forests. No signs of humans, no other houses, no car honking. Just the pure and peaceful subarctic wilderness of Canada ’s Yukon . This is my home!

The urge to be in the wild and discovering the world started at the age of ten. While riding my new bike through the forests near my hometown I felt like one of the early explorers, especially when crossing the border illegally into another country. At that time it seemed like a world tour. It didn’t matter that the Dutch border was only 2 km away from my parents’ house.

Since then I have traveled the globe as a backpacker, sailor, adventurer and photographer for more than three decades. I started my current career as a photographing traveler. But for the past 20 years I have been a traveling photographer. Nature photography has been my joy and full time life support since 1995.

Website: www.theoallofs.com/


Why nature photography?
I love being totally absorbed and surrounded by nature. And I love the art of photography

What's best about it?
Being independent, self-employed and in control over your job. The anticipation of capturing that special moment in nature; it could be the dramatic light on the land or the unexpected behaviour of an animal.

What's worst about it?
Air travel; worries about lost luggage, especially camera gear; endless hours behind the computer; long absences from home and the negative effect it has on relationships

Favourite species and places in Europe?
This question is difficult to answer. Besides having photographed my family and hometown Walbeck I only briefly went on a shoot to Svalbard . All my other photography was done on all other continents. In Europe I am most interested in the north: Iceland , Scotland , Scandinavia and Svalbard of course. Why? I love regions that are not so crowded with people and where cultured land spreads like a tumor.

What's in the bag?
Lenses from 20mm to 600mm, 2 camera bodies, sturdy tripod, flashes, remote control, corkscrew and a bottle of red wine.

Your specialities / skills?
My specialty is that I photograph everything from ants to antelopes, and from ice-crystals to ice-covered mountain ranges.

My skills: that I actually make a living off my dream job.

What will you do in your next life?
I want to think about my next life only in 30 years from now. There is still too much to do in this life…

3 tips for beginners
1) If you have a dream, stop dreaming! Go for it!
2) First should come your love and respect for nature, then your photography!
3) Never feel under pressure to “produce” pictures!


The Wild Wonders of Europe team will send me to the Carmargue, a wetland in the Rhone Delta. I am very much looking forward to this project. Not only will this be my first photography project in Europe (except for the short tour in Svalbard a few years ago) but this is also the first assignment I have taken on in my career. I have gathered some experience in photographing wetlands from working extensively in Kakadu National Park in northern Australia but especially from working in the Brazilian Pantanal. I plan to spend much time in hides to get close to the birds.

Best Picture

Best Picture

I have no best or favourite picture of all times. My favourite images keep changing with time. The one I finally picked was taken on my first trip as a nature photographer in 1995. It is a lonely oryx antelope walking across the sandy expanses of the Namib Desert , one of my favourite places on earth.

What's cool about it?
The different shades of red on the subsequent dunes at sunset and the oryx on the crest of the first dune. The fact that it shows life is possible even in our most hostile environments.

Could it be better?
I like it the way it is.

Behind the Scene
I had been hiking with my camera bag for hours across the red sand dunes in the Sossusvlei area in search for oryx antelopes. Just as the sun was setting I found this single oryx. It ran away when it spotted me. But then the antelope stopped in the perfect spot and turned slightly around for the picture.

Date: November 1995
Location: Namib Desert
Gear: Nikon F4, 300mm f/2.8 with 1.4 tele converter, Fujichrome Velvia 50 ASA

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