Wilfried Vogel (born in 1958) lives with his wife in Oldenburg, Germany and works as an engineer in the civil service. He was passionate about nature in his childhood and enjoys many happy memories of outdoor adventures. As a youth and young adult other interests were more important: motor cycling was among his favourites for a long time. Photography only had its place during holiday trips to Scandinavia.
But nature photography increasingly took hold of him. So after 20 years he sold the motorbike in 2000 and bought his first "real" slr camera, a Nikon F100. In 2006 he made contact with the GDT regional group Lower Saxony, and he is a full member of the GDT since 2009.
Over the years, Wilfried Vogel developed a favour for macro photography, especially using wide-open aperture and selective focus. He particularly enjoys photographing on his doorstep, i.e. in the Oldenburg region.
"For many years I took macro photos with a completely clean backdrop, but now I have come to prefer images that provide some structure in the background. In this lecture you will see images that often look a bit jungle-like."
"As many of the photos on the lecture are rather dark, I have named it "Plant dreams" as a reference to the night time with its dreams. The images were created using a wide-open aperture and selective focus. I took most of them flat out on the ground."