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Martin van Lokven on assignment - Copyright Martin van Lokven


BIOLOGY & BIOGRAPHY

"TO TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH IS TO ALIGN THE HEAD, THE EYE AND THE HEART. IT'S A WAY OF LIFE"
HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004)



PROFESSIONAL

Martin is professional photographer since 1996 and specializes in landscape, nature, wildlife, humans & nature, water & infrastructure, travel and fine art.


EARLY YEARS

Already in his early childhood Martin is fascinated by the natural world. He joins the Nederlandse Jeugdbond voor Natuurstudie (NJN) - a Dutch youth association for nature study - and spents most of his spare time in nature - specially watching birds - loving to be outdoor.


BIOLOGIST

Martin graduates as a biologist in 1990 at the Utrecht University, specialization Aquatic Ecotoxicology. He works almost two years as an ecotoxicologist - added researcher - at the Research Institute of Toxicology (RITOX, now the IRAS, Institute for Risk Assessment Studies - Toxicology) - Utrecht University - on a project for Rijkswaterstaat.

In the meanwhile he is honing his skills as a photographer with the intension to become a professional photographer. In 1996 he starts his carreer as a full time photographer.
  ASSIGNMENTS

His assignments takes him to all continents. Travel, food and nature photography in New Zealand, Australia, India, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Antarctica, USA - Colorado Plateau and Alaska, Canada, Seychelles Islands, Costa Rica, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenia, Botswana, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Norway and so on.


PHOTO TOURS AND WORKSHOPS

Since 2002 Martin is leading special nature photography tours all over the world in cooperation with SNP Natuurreizen, the nature travel company he worked for before as a tourleader.
Since 2008 Martin has a workshop program in which he shares his passion for nature and photography.


PASSION

For Martin photography is capturing moments. Moments of recognition, of everything coming together, magical moments, beauty in all aspects his prime mover. The search for beauty his driving force and mission.
His focus is on landscapes, nature, culture, wildlife and travel. Men and environment. Water, energy and infrastructure. Photo journalism, documentary and fine art.

Martin lives with his wife and children in the Netherlands.
  Martin with family on vacation in Switzerland - Copyright Martin van Lokven