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We would like to thank you for being our fans during the last 6 years! We loved making the twikga books, but the time has come to start something new. Keep on following our wilderness adventures on wildpicha.com
Home again from a two week trip to the Mara, Kenya. The rains have turned the planes into a green meadow, resembling a golf course. Although the big migration has moved on to the Serengeti, there was plenty of game left to see. We had some great sightings. A cheetah with four cubs, amazing lions, beautiful sunsets and massive thunderstorms. One afternoon we saw The Big Five within 30 minutes after leaving the camp. And the good thing was that we did not have to share what we saw with lots of other cars. The advantage of being in the Mara off-season. We took some great pictures, some of which we will post on the Wild Picha Facebook page and on our website in the coming weeks.
Yet another year with a lot of exciting projects is about to end. Phanhabs Savanna, twikga’s third book, was published in spring. In summer the Wild Picha site was launched, showing the pictures behind the twikga books. Willem and Tanja Dekker opened their first photo-exibition in september. Meanwhile Elisabeth Visser and Tanja Dekker are working on the new Tata&Squack adventure, which will bring them to the elephants in Africa. They hope to take the book to the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna in March. So 2014 will be another busy and hopefully happy new year!
Am Freitag wurde in Gallerie Lehmweg 33 in Hamburg die Wild Picha Ausstellung eröffnet. Sie zeigt Afrika Fotografien in schwarz-weiß von Willem und Tanja Dekker. Galeristin Johanna Beil sprach bei der Eröffnung die Bücher an, die Tanja Dekker herausbringt…, “die sich (wen wundert´s) um Afrika drehen. Hier mischt und webt Tanja Dekker ihrer beider Fotografien mit illustratorischen Mitteln zu wilden Wimmelbüchern zusammen, in denen Kinder die Tierwelt Afrikas entdecken können. Tanjas und Willems Fotografie, zuerst „nur“ als Material und Grundstoff ihrer Bücher gedacht, hat sich jedoch mittlerweile weit darüber hinaus entwickelt und eine ganz eigenständige Qualität bekommen.” Die beeindruckenden Landschaften, Wolkenbilder, Tierportraits und Strukturen sind noch bis Weihnachten zu sehen. Mehr Info zur Ausstellung gibt es auf der Wild Picha Webseite.
We grew up in the Netherlands and moved to Germany in 2003. Together with our dog Duvel we now live in the picturesque Treppenviertel in Hamburg, along the river Elbe. Willem currently works at a ship-owning company. After a career in marketing, Tanja studied illustration design and started her own book publishing company, twikga, in 2010. We started traveling together in 1992, when we backpacked around the world. In the following years, we spent most of our holidays in South America. About 15 years ago we made our first safari and have been hooked on African wildlife since. We were lucky to travel with great guides and photographers, who sparked our interest in wildlife photography and taught us a lot. In the beginning we used a simple camera and stored our precious film in lead-lined bags. By now we have more camera equipment than clothes to carry when we go on safari. Because Tanja uses the photos for her illustrations, there was a necessity to take high quality photos. This made us keen wildlife photographers, using ever faster cameras and better lenses. Our pictures have become more than the photos behind Tanja’s books. Therefore, we decided to make a website, Wild Picha, presenting a selection of our pictures. Picha means “picture” in Swahili. For those of you, who would like to see more of our pictures, there will be an exhibition at Gallery Lehmweg 33 in Hamburg, starting September 20th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.