Photography is giving a glimpse into your soul by capturing the feeling a scene evokes in you. Photography is also capturing the soul of a scene.
My name is Simone Monique Opdam. Nature and nature photography are my passion. In my home region Waterland, I can fully enjoy it. I spent my childhood in Het Gooi and I also like to photograph there, especially in Autumn. I love mountains and old tall trees, traveling and discovering new places. I love capturing my experiences in images and sharing them with others. For me, photography is: being able to capture the perishable. It is, to me, the ultimate means of expression.
From a young age I could always be found in nature. I already knew most of the wild flowers by name and borrowed my aunt's camera to take pictures. I mainly photographed (analogue) a lot during vacations. Since the purchase of my first dsrl-camera in 2008, I have been a dedicated all round nature photographer with a preference for landscape and macro photography. I like to take photos and make photo series with a message. Courses I took with Jan Smit (Smitinbeeld), Martin van Lokven and Karl Griffin and a master class by Niall Benvie helped me on my way. Practicing does the rest.
I am a great admirer of Italian painters such as Tintoretto, Raphael and Caravaggio and of the painting and philosophy of Romanticism, especially the paintings of William Turner. I am inspired by the work of British nature photographers Laurie Campbell, Colin Prior, Peter Cairns and Niall Benvie and the Indonesian 'photographer of the light' Rarindra Prakarsa.
After a career as a lawyer and a period as a full-time mother, I became involved with various non-profit organizations, including some in the field of nature protection. At Staatsbosbeheer I am a guide and nature conservationist. Being active in nature makes a perfect combination with photography and it enables me to learn more about the subjects I photograph. Since 2017 I have my own photography company. I run courses in macro- and landscape photography and I am a photo tour guide. My photos are regularly shown in exhibitions and Furthermore I contribute to Waterlandfan, a news channel for Waterland and I write articles for the Dutch platform of nature photographers 'natuurfotografie.nl', for IkWilReizen.nl and for my blogsite Soul of the Scene.
‘Water en vuur’, Zorgcentrum Dukaton Volendam. Landschappen. 2010
Natuurfotografie, Zorgcentrum Dukaton Volendam. Macro. 2014
‘IJsland’, Medisch Centrum De Roos Purmerend. Landschappen. 2015
Natuurfotografie, Medisch Centrum De Roos Purmerend. Landschappen en macro. 2018
‘Terug naar het veen in Waterland’, Kerk van Zuiderwoude. Landschappen en natuurbeelden uit Waterland. 2019
'Tegen de trend in'. Inspirerende lezing met foto’s gemaakt in Waterland. Landschappen, macro en vogelfotografie. Pixperience Springtime 2021
Book ‘De mooiste fotolocaties West-Nederland’. 2021 (co-auteur)
Gebiedsbeschrijvingen en ‘making of’-verhalen (woord en beeld) voor het Nederlandse platform voor natuurfotografen, Natuurfotografie.nl'