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About this site: The origin of the word photosynthesis is a combination of the Greek words "photo" (meaning "light") and "synthesis" (meaning "putting together"), so it approximately means "putting together with light". It is the well-known process by which a large amount of life on earth creates energy by using sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water to oxygen and carbohydrates.

 

But I also thought it was a suitable name to describe what I love doing the most, namely wandering about in nature with my camera, preferably in combination with my beloved tent. After all, photography is all about working with the available light, and trying to make decent pictures by using this light.

The pictures on this site are the result of years of enjoying this "photosynthesis", and I look forward to many more years of experimenting, learning and probably many failures as well.

 

My photos can be bought via the Swedish stock agency Azote (www.azote.se). The images on this site are linked to the corresponding pages at the Azote website via the "Buy here" links below the pictures.

 

Apart from this site being the place where I have my photos online, it has also become an outlet for some fun projects of mine. For years I have been collecting and writing down information about photography, and that can be found under "Photography". The "Optics" part is a collection of photos that I so far have managed to take of all kinds of optical phenomena. Furthermore, I turned my old DSLR into a camera trap, and some of the photos that it captured can be found under "Camera trap".

 

Thanks for having a look!

 

 

About me: My name is Roel Wijtmans and I was born and raised in the Netherlands. Since 2010, however, I am fortunate enough to be able to call the mountains, lakes and endless forests of Sweden my home and playground. I have no formal education in photography, but my interest in photography has made me spend many, many hours reading, experimenting and learning. Both nature and photography have been passions for a very long time and the evidence is shown on the right. That's me at the age of two, taking a picture of the only wildlife available to me at that moment, my father!

Of course, this was far from serious business, but I really started discovering photography in my early teens when I started using my father's old Ricoh SLR to take pictures of my pets, like the leopard gecko below.

 

After that, both my interest in nature and in photography got more on the background for various reasons, but a trip to the west of the USA reignited those interests. I ditched my digital compact camera and picked up a second hand analog SLR camera and started shooting with diapositives, which is a great way of learning photography since it is so unforgiving. Making a mistake probably means that you'll end up with a useless picture, so you think twice before pressing the button. But the digital virus has also infected me, and I am now shooting digital again. Although digital photography does have a somewhat less magical feeling to it, the immediate feedback is a great tool for challenging pictures and notoriously impatient persons like myself.