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Local Wildlife Photographer, Cafe Partner to Raise Money for DCCH

Wildlife photographer Harry Nieman has spent the last 30 years traveling the globe. While he has spent much of that time traveling on business, a camera has always been close by. Nieman has photographed bears fishing for salmon in Alaska, hummingbirds feeding on flower nectar in Brazil, and a host of different wildlife in between. 

"I have never been anywhere that there is not some interesting wildlife,” said Nieman. ”Sometimes you have to work a little harder, but there is always something to photograph.”

Nieman, who grew up in Fort Mitchell but now lives just north of Cincinnati in Maineville, began taking photographs at age six with a Kodak his Dad gave him. He’s had a few equipment upgrades since those day of that little point and shoot. He also grew up with a great love for the outdoors. 

“I love everything about the natural world; especially wildlife with a particular interest in birds,” said Nieman.

Why birds? “There are so many diverse varieties – sizes, shapes, colors, habitats – and birds accomplish so many incredible things to survive,” said Nieman. "Migration is just one of their many amazing feats.”

Wildlife in their natural habitat is the medium that Nieman prefers. 

“I like capturing images that tell their story,” said Nieman. "It’s a tricky balance for all wildlife photographers, sometimes you need to move fast and sometimes you need the patience to stay put for hours. You want to be safely up close for sharpness of detail while appropriately distant to leave animals undisturbed.

"It is important to be a good guest while in their home. Photographing animals takes me to the places that I most enjoy spending time. Bringing back the near perfect image and sharing the story with others is the most fulfilling part of the endeavor.”

Nieman also cares a great deal for people, which is why his photography is being displayed and sold at Reality Tuesday Café to benefit DCCH Center for Children and Families. 

“The majority of the work that I sell is part of a fundraiser for charity,” said Nieman. 

DCCH helps to rebuild the lives of children with traumatic, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Located in Fort Mitchell where Nieman grew up loving to take pictures, it’s a natural fit. Nieman’s photographs are reasonably priced and in several formats, including framed, matted and canvas prints. A portion of all proceeds will benefit DCCH.

Reality Tuesday Café is located at 1518 Dixie Highway in Park Hills. The café offers organic, fair-trade and bird friendly shade-grown coffees, drinks, and a wide variety of meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Owners Bill and Traci Gregg, with their big hearts and social conscience, are also donating their proceeds from the sale to DCCH.

Reality Tuesday Café is open seven days a week. Nieman's photographs will be on display and on sale the entire month of March.

- Staff report/Photo vy Harry Neiman