Boneiru Duradero (BD) has developed a FREE E-learning program about single use plastics. The goal of this online program is to offer everyone on Bonaire basic knowledge about the importance of single use plastics (SUP) reduction. Because many of these plastic products inadvertently end up in our nature or surrounding sea. The E-learning program features the work of photographer Casper Douma who lives on Bonaire. He knows how to capture the beauty of our nature’s riches in a magnificent way, to show us how special our island really is. Here is his take on Bonaire and Nature Photography.
Why Bonaire is a great place to live
Casper loves the friendliness of people on Bonaire and enjoys the outdoor lifestyle that is facilitated by everyday warm weather. He feels that life in general is just more spontaneous in the Caribbean. Casper says: “I still work hard, but I also get to enjoy impromptu BBQ’s on the beach. Besides, getting things accomplished is a lot easier when you (almost) know everyone that lives on the island.
Favorite subject to photograph
Casper: “Nature in general is my favorite. But, if I have to choose one photogenic animal that you can get really close to on Bonaire, it would be the flamingo. The surroundings of this bird are also important for the composition of a photo, the blue green of the water, the sparkly white of the saltpans, the bright blue sky. Just beautiful to see all of those colors contrast with the vibrant pink of the flamingo.”
Can photography help to raise awareness?
Ever since Casper started working for with WWF-NL, he realized that his photographs could play an important part in telling the story about the challenges we face on Bonaire with regard to nature. He feels a responsibility to contribute to the island in his own way. That is why he works with MBO students (Media & Video) and teaches them to observe nature through the lens of the camera.
Casper seeks opportunities to take the perfect picture every day. For example, when seeing an osprey while driving around the island, he immediately thinks about the best angle for the photograph. But taking beautiful pictures not just a matter of having a photographic eye, it is also a waiting game. You have to have a lot of patience, especially while photographing wildlife. BD also worked closely with photographer Emieck de Goede to develop specific images for the E-learning program. The program also features photographs from Marcel van der Kamp (Skyview). Interviews with them will follow soon.