Welcome at my website and thanks for your visit. I hope you will enjoy all images in my nature galleries.
I have started in August 2015 as contributor of Getty Images meaning some of images will be available via Getty now.
Thanks for browsing to this "About" section and giving me the opportunity to introduce myself to you. Although you probably know by now that my name is Gerard Leeuw and that I am a Dutch nature photographer....
I was born in Leiden in the year of 1972. Raised in Lisse till my twenties and then moved back to Leiden again. My partner is Andrea van Steijn, and since March 2013 we are the proud parents of our beautiful son Gido.
I started in 2008 with my first compact camera and bought my first dslr in 2009. I learned a lot and gained a lot of photography experience last years. The photography virus really struck me after traveling through Costa Rica and Tanzania. Later countries like the Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Egypt, Borneo, Iceland, England, Ireland and Madagascar followed. All theses countries inspired me in their own unique way. How beautiful and divers nature can be!
The Netherlands, my own beautiful country, has a lot to offer as well. During my frequent visits into Dutch nature I often realize how beautiful my country is. In my immediate surroundings there is a lot to explore: sea, beach and dunes are almost at my doorstep and within five minutes I'm in the grass lands with mills, cows and ditches. Great!
I try, and that is every time again a challenging task, to capture nature in all its simplicity. I strive for images which show my interpretation or express the feeling I experienced of a scene in front of me. And my interpretation often leads to an end result which others might call original, artistic and sometimes very abstract. It is important for me to state that none of my images have been manipulated in any way (besides standard image processing stuff like sharpening, noise reduction). Images that do seem manipulated are probably the result of the viewer's limited imagination :)
My toolbox contains Nikon camera's and lenses. Master your tools I'd say and be ready to carve your own images by letting your creativity flow freely. Don't bother yourself with what others might think of your images. Do what you like and think is best. Photography and enjoying nature should in the first place be a fun and beautiful thing to do. Be inspired by other nature photographers but always try to distinct yourself, add your signature. And the only way to sometimes be able to do that is by following your own inner voice.
I sincerly hope my images may inspire you. Thanks for visiting my website! And please visit again as I update my website frequently with new images. My Facebook timeline is integrated to the news section on this site as well which means that you can follow my Facebook activities without having to create your own Facebook account.