+ TRAVELING TO THE EDGE OF THE PLANET
 

Self-portrait inside Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Hut, built in 1902, and used for the British Antarctic Expeditions in 1901, 1907 and 1910.

From the North Pole to the jungle, from the desert dunes to the Himalaya’s, from the top of a volcano to the bottom of the ocean in a submarine… No place on earth is ever too far away. Not even the Ross Sea in Antarctica.

Christian’s journeys as an adventurer and explorer has taken him to the polar extremes of our planet: from 78° North to 78° South. He circled the globe already two times and has explored over 112 countries across all 7 continents. Driven by passion, attracted and inspired by different ideas, attitudes and experiences, the world is out there.

Christian has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, creation and destruction of life, warzones and confrontation. He has also experienced surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit.

Nature, art, music, traveling and photography are the central words encompassing Christian’s passion of life.

At age 8, he discovered the joy of photography through an old Zeiss Ikon camera from his father. For several years, he experimented and developed an increasing passion for photography, for image and light, through a personal observation of the world.

After his studies of Political Science at the University of Antwerp, as well as Global Management at the Antwerp Management School, he briefly worked as a Communication Manager at the Flemish Parliament.

Driven by the challenges of climate change, plastics pollution, declining biodiversity and the disruption to our well-balanced natural world by humans, Christian searches for traces of the impact that the human race has on nature. Projects like the Global Seed Vault on Svalbard (created to safeguard biodiversity of crop seeds around the world), his semi-circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent, as well as his odyssey through the South Atlantic Ocean are expeditions where Christian investigates the relationship and conflict between nature and culture from a number of different angles.

As a fine art photographer, Christian wants to share, inspire and encourage others through his stories and photos.

Palmyra, Syria, 2010.

 
— I strife for life experience, 
and I am simply really curious and inquisitive. 
It is my inner motion, it is what moves me in life. 
Travel is akin to a sacred experience, 
one that expands the mind and one’s horizons.
— Christian Clauwers

Waiting for the sunrise on top of Nemrut Daği, Eastern Turkey

Zorats Karer, Armenia, on my way to Nagorno Karabakh.

 


Camera gear:

What camera do I use? One of those questions I always get. Let’s sum it up, this is what I usually take with me:

CAMERAS
• Nikon D 850
• Nikon D 810 (backup camera)
• Nikon F 100 (analog 35 mm)


LENSES
zoom lenses
• Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
• Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 ED VR
• Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR

prime lenses
• Nikkor DX 10,5mm f/2.8G ED (fisheye)
• Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G
• Nikkor AF-D 105mm f/2 DC
• Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR


DRONES
• drone DJI Phantom 4
• drone DJI Mavic Pro


OTHER
• action camera GoPro Hero 4

• tripod Sirui T-1004 XL
• tripod Sirui T-004 KX
• tripod Joby Gorillapod focus

• Nikon Flash Speedlight SB-800


Meditating in a monastery in Bhutan, 2014.

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