Welcome on my website!
I am Simon Vandepitte, a 21-year-old nature photographer and Biology student. I bought my first camera when I was around 13 years old and ever since I have been exploring the creative possibilities as a nature photographer. Through my photographs, I hope to encourage in people a wonder for nature.
I was born with a love for nature and living close to the Kalmthoutse heide, one of the largest heathlands of Belgium. Together with my father, I often went to monitor lizards, snakes or butterflies. I am also a member of the JNM, a youth movement with a focus on nature and the environment, pretty awesome!
Currently, thanks to the Erasmus program, I am in my first master year in Biology-Ecology at the University of Oulu in the north of Finland. Of course, I wouldn't be myself if I wouldn’t go out and try to photographer the surrounding nature and animals. I hope to share some stories of these little adventures every now and then at the page “Notes from the Field” which you can find here!
Photography is my outlet. It has brought me to the most gorgeous places, such as the desolate Shetlands or the rough mountain peaks of the Gran Paradiso national park in Italy. However, it is not necessary to look abroad for beautiful places. If it’s Kalmthout, Ghent, the Ardennes, or a destination far away, my wonder for nature ensures that I can use my creativity to translate my feelings to others. But don’t hesitate to give photographs your own interpretation!
I love to experiment with backlight, and I am a huge fan of abstractions and minimalism. The question “How small can I photograph a certain subject so that it remains recognizable” is a question that crosses my mind quite often while taking photographs.
Credits for the photograph: Seppe De Ceuster