I am heading to Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the north coast of Norfolk, England, to meet up with my dear blogger friend and photographer, Hanne Siebers. I have been looking forward to once again witnessing the uninterrupted views of the spectacular North Norfolk coastline, feeling the wind coming across the water and breathing in that unforgettable clear air.
This is your invitation to join Hanne and me in an extraordinary conversation on how photography increases self-understanding of our environment, nature, other people and society. Over the years, Hanne has taught me that photography embraces a creative journey that gives meaning and purpose.
Welcome, Hanne. I have been looking forward to this conversation…
“Nature and animals have always been an important compensation for my professional work inside in hospital rooms, caring for others, taking care of their needs. Today I care for Nature and I love to be outside.” Hanne Siebers
“All art forms manipulate reality in order to reveal truths not apparent to the unknowing eye. Photography today is largely seen as a postmodern art form where the abstract, surreal and similar themes are bending and breaking the rules. Postmodernism states that truths do not necessarily last, but instead truths alter and shift with cultural changes.” Hanne Siebers
“I believe, good photography is more than just following a creative idea. It’s knowing exactly how to transform what you imagine into an image. There’s so much to learn, to see, to read, to do and I’m learning by doing. In other words, Perfect! Dare to know –SAPERE AUDE. I consider this motto of the Enlightenment a constant reminder never to stop learning, no matter how old I get.” Hanne Siebers
“My role is to take photos on behalf of and to promote the work of NT here on the Norfolk Coast and Broads. Blakeney National Nature Reserve which includes Blakeney Point, where we are right now, also includes Blakeney Freshes, Morston Quay, Stiffkey and Salthouse. This means I may capture staff and volunteers working, general landscape shots, birds, plants and insects.” Hanne Siebers
“As a seal warden I have to ensure the seals are not disturbed, to inform and guide the visitors. The Grey Seal is the largest seal that lives in the UK and Blakeney Point is the largest colony within England with 3,399 pups born in 2019/20.” Hanne Siebers
“This year the National Trust celebrates 125th anniversary of looking after nature, beauty and history for the nation to enjoy. The NT is the largest private landowner in the UK with more than 5 million members and 65 000 volunteers. Someone nominated me for my seal photography for the 125 years project of the Trust’s Head of Photography, Chris Lacey. The project documents the team behind the Trust. For me it’s a huge privilege to be portraited by John Millar as one amongst 125 in this limited book.” Hanne Sieibers
Ars longa, vita brevis.
Art is long, life is short, don’t let us waste it.
The sea is calm and still full of power. Here on Blakeney Point, land meets the sky. They manage to connect gracefully while keeping their distance. Keep well, keep your distance and stay healthy.” Hanne Siebers
Thank you for joining Hanne and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.
And a special thank you, Hanne, for sharing your insights on photography and embracing a creative life. You continue to inspire me.
Dear listeners, you are only an internet click away from Hanne on The World According to Dina, where you will meet up with The Fab Four of Cley. It is a place that welcomes life-affirming conversations.