We, Anskar & Lea, welcome you to our website about photography and wildlife & nature conservation. We come from different parts in Germany and first met when both of us started studying Wildlife Management in the Netherlands. Quickly we realized that we share the same passions and friendship turned into a relationship.
These days, both of us are graduated Wildlife Manager with much in-field experience in different countries. We still share the same passions, including photography, traveling and various nature activities.
Through our study and instinctive interests in wildlife and nature we developed the urge of playing our part in the fight against climate change, species extinction and other global environmental crises.
We do so by capturing and presenting the natural pearls and wonders of our world, as well as blogging about important conservation subjects or teaming up with sustainable brands.
People will only protect what they know of and by showing them our beautiful landscapes and animals, we hopefully motivate people to explore more of our nature or at least care more about our environment.
Photography has slowly turned into a passion but even more into a perfect communication tool. We believe that a picture paints a thousand words and connects the viewer more with the great outdoors.
Our photographic work has soon reached ten thousands of people on our social media channels.
But we do not only want to use our reach on Instagram and other platforms to present our pictures, but more importantly to build a community and raise awareness about environmental topics.
In conclusion, we see ourselves as digital conservationists.
(Picture taken by Animal 360)
I truly hope that my images motivate and inspire people to take our world, along with its problems, more serious. There is a lot to discover out there and every bit of it is worth saving!
Let’s connect on Instagram: @anskar.lenzen
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Find me on Instagram: @willyslea
“Only when the last tree has died, and the last river been poisoned, and the last fish been caught, will we realize we cannot eat money.”
Cree Indian Proverb
The websites name ‘Against the Light’ originates from our nature of taking pictures. Light plays a vital role in photography and basically there are two times a day where you have the best conditions to shoot: sunrise and sunset. Sometimes we have to endure the heat or the cold for hours just to wait for the perfect light situation. Patience is definitely a must-have for photography but we got this already from our Wildlife watching activities.
But sometimes time is rather short and instead of waiting photography turns into a race ‘Against the Light’, as you have to be at a certain spot during the perfect light condition.
While on the on hand it can be rather challenging its absolute freedom as you visit known location during a time of the day were the crowds usually have already vanished (or have not yet been there).
There is no better feeling than sitting at a usually crowded place and enjoying a sunrise all for yourself while getting the shot that nobody else will take.
But, it doesn’t always need to be the craziest location, the highest mountain or the most exotic country. You can find true beauty in your neighbouring forest or at the closest lake as long as the perfect light and mood conditions are given. That’s also what ‘Against the Light’ is about, motivating people to explore their very own surroundings!