Enamoured by nature’s tiny details, Bob Daalder, specialises in macro photography. Though the subjects of his photographs are tiny, the complete picture tells a big and magical story.
Bob was never particularly inclined towards photography, and like most he would photograph to capture human moments. But, a long weekend and moment in Maastricht, Netherlands, a couple of years ago opened his eyes and imagination to the mystical world of nature. He says, “Before that moment I even forgot to take photos while my kids were born! In Maastricht though, for the first time I felt the need to capture moments.” With just a “point-and-shoot” at the time, Bob’s addition to record spellbinding moments grew so much that this non-commercial photographer bought his first DSLR and started photographing. He began with big street-scenes and buildings in his hometown and his place of work to go for work. But, Bob wanted to get closer to his subjects (so smaller and smaller they became).
I so enjoy the flowers around me, the fluttering butterflies, the wind, the colors, the smell. I can empty my head and become one with nature. I love to lie down in the Klaver and wait for the right moment to capture a butterfly.”
Bob’s new-found appreciation for nature’s elfin beauty encouraged him to learn and delve deeper on how best to make a nice composition. When he is out in the field taking pictures the stress of daily life leaves him completely, and serenity takes over. He describes these moments, “I so enjoy the flowers around me, the fluttering butterflies, the wind, the colors, the smell. I can empty my head and become one with nature. I love to lie down in the Klaver and wait for the right moment to capture a butterfly.”
Bob’s passion for photography is not driven by the need to make money off of it, and hence he feels glad that he photographs only the things that he likes. He says, “Although I sell photos every now and then, I don’t pay my bills with it. So I am not a professional photographer per say.” He is not motivated to become a professional photographer; as he believes that an external reason often diminishes the purity of a candid moment captured. Bob explains, “I’m glad I can just do the things I like doing. I do not feel any pressure from clients and their demands. I am happy being a non-professional photographer.” With a regular job he has no other work obligation, and so he finds himself enjoyably busy in nature’s glory.
Photography is an interpretation of my own reality. Everybody has eyes but we all look at things in a different way. My world isn’t the same as yours even though we both see the same subjects.”
For Bob, photography has uncovered a different reality. He says, “Photography is an interpretation of my own reality. Everybody has eyes but we all look at things in a different way. My world isn’t the same as yours even though we both see the same subjects.”
This magnificent reality that we so often take for granted is captured by Bob in the light and composition that nature is meant to be witnessed as: pure, unblemished, and sublime. Despite the calm beauty of Bob’s subjects, they have the power to tell a million stories. Perhaps that’s why Bob Daalder’s ‘non-professional photographs’ are works of wonder that radiate a soft and warm energy. Bob expresses how deeply he feels about photography, “Photography is a way of life. It gives me so much energy and passing this passion on to others gives me even more energy. So in the next couple of years I want to convey this passion by conducting workshops and exhibitions; and of course taking even more photos.”
The force behind your passion shouldn’t be a materialistic value. Keep the flames of your passion burning; after all, it is the only place where you can find peace and yourself.