Gerd Hoffmann born 1965, a German engineer and photographer currently living in Palapye, Central District, Botswana.
Gerd studies automation system engineering and works as an international consultant in the energy business. In touch with photography for more than forty years, photography is just a pure passion, well connected with the job and focused on travel and landscape photography.
He got his first camera in the middle of the 1970s and became an ardent photographer quickly. It was a 15 years old second hand 35 mm viewfinder camera with interchangeable lenses. Beginning with Black & White negative film he captured everything in front of his lens.
Apart from the photography as art, he decided to learn the photographic secrets, the chemical process, the darkroom handcraft, and the post-processing after shooting. He studies the key figures in handling the wet process, darkroom manipulation of negatives as well as photo prints and enlarging photo prints. Finally, he furnished his darkroom.
In the new century, the time was right now and he moved from analog to digital photography. Darkrooms are obsolete now and digital imaging is state of the art. In this new and exciting generation of photography, he became inspired by the new advantage and challenge in the modern photographic age. The boundaries in creative photography are more open than ever before.
Years later he replaced the viewfinder into a brand new state of the art SLR camera with additional lenses and turned from Black & White negative to colour diapositive film. The high contrast, brilliant colours and high image resolution guaranteed stunning slideshows on numerous events.
As an international consultant, he travels frequently around the world. That gives him the opportunity to combine his job and his passion to take pictures from various locations all over the world. The inspiration for his photographs comes from the places he visits and the people he meets.