Marie-Claire Greve

Marie-Claire Greve; Nature Conservation photographer; Finalist BigPicture 2019 (USA); Winner reportage photography Festival International du Film et Photography Animaliers et Nature (2019); part of Anna Singer Collection.

Curious by nature and not afraid to experiment with her camera, Greve often chooses unusual perspectives or angles for her distinctive compositions. “My personal preference is to work with anything that moves,” she explains, “and to make the most of soft, evocative light to achieve the subtle tones that I prefer in my images.” As well as the iconic wildlife of the African bush and savannah, Marie-Claire is also drawn to the more elementary features of the landscape, especially those wild places that have been shaped for centuries by wind and water.

There is also a philanthropic side to Greve’s photographic art. In 2017, she launched Alliance for Nature, a foundation that aims to create a shift in awareness about the interrelationship between humankind and nature, and consequently the growing importance to protect the natural world we live in. Through her photography, she seeks to inspire and connect people of all ages and ethnicities, as well as organisations active in the conservation of Earth’s precious biospheres, based on a philosophy of coexistence.

About this series Flight

It wouldn’t do justice to all other photographs taken on this Flight expedition on June 23rd 2016 but this one is definitely one Greve’s favorites. A river of melted glacier water finds its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Greve: “The patterns created by nature keeps me wondering, besides it holds my color green that from that day on I named ‘Iceland Green’. It’s such calming natural color made smashing in the contrast of the black sand of the beach in Iceland.”

Eline de Jonge