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2014 La Quinta Arts Festival Spotlight | Gero Heine

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Gero Heine | Photography

Santa Cruz, CA | Booth #657

German born wildlife and landscape photographer Gero Heine is known for his intimate portraits of animals and landscapes. He grew up in Germany spending time in the Black Forest, the Alps and the Dolomites, which instilled in him a deep love for the natural world and the wilderness. As a teenager his family moved to Santa Cruz, CA where he learned to surf. This deepened his connection to the marine world. 

Gero graduated from Pepperdine and then spent thirteen years in the corporate world. A trip to Africa changed his life’s path. Deeply impressed by the vast landscapes and the extraordinary wildlife, he chose to become a professional photographer. “One reason is the beauty and the excitement of being out in the bush, the desert or the mountains early in the morning. I cannot deny that there is a sense of escapism. Then there is the need to record history. This is especially true in today’s rapidly changing world.”     

He is particularly inspired by Africa, India and the Western US and spends a great deal travelling to these areas to bring to you his beautiful photographs. He has won numerous awards and his work hangs in very prestigious institutions around the country, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C. Gero is also involved in African Conservation Efforts and has participated in a lion research project. 

My inspiration comes from the natural raw beauty that exists precariously beyond the relentless push of modern development.”  – Gero Heine