In the beginning (artschool and the years after) photography was a tool in the process of making work of material. To help me see things in a certain perspective and to remember.
As years go by a common theme became visible. The artificial in the natural, the natural in the artificial. Humans interfere, nature takes partly back. Nature masters the interference. A new, combined environment begins to take shape...
Material: The digital photos will be printed on professional fine art paper (archive quality), acid free and 100% cotton fibre. Printed with ink including lightfast pigments. This combination, when framed, results in a quality that stays the same for 100 years, according to manufacturer Epson. Framing doesn't have to be necessarily with UV-filter glass.
Roadside tree | 2012
Lime trees in a suburbia ( Utrecht, The Netherlands) portrayed.
One shot, a splitsecond, is a very honest registration of reality, but can be experienced as surreal. The camera tells us what is actually there and what we see normally, is what we think we see.
By isolating a splitsecond out of a situation with a lot of traffic, I create an image that contains silence and poetry. In real life big trucs are driving fast, making the little treas look vulnerable and out of place. In these isolated moments you see a diverend reality: you are able to see the trees in there beauty and strength.
Clouds, water | 2012
Water surrounding the island of Terschelling in the north of the Netherlands.
Country estate Vollenhove, between De Bilt and Zeist, the Netherlands. On this estate the caretakers choose to let nature partial find its own way.
Delphinium | 2000
Fields of delphinium on the country estate of Vollenhove, originally laid out for commercial reasons, are now thinned and run wild. However, even in this state, you still can experience the original colour scheme.
A sunny day in the former production forest of Douglas fir trees in the Forestry of Austerlitz, The Netherlands. Since the late nineties the Dutch Forestry Commission chooses to 'water down' its monoculture, which means that smaller trees such as birch and rowan are not removed any more.
Wallenberg is a part of the Forestry where right-angled sections ar being divided by straight paths. Some sections are still in production; here the trees are planted so close together that it's almost impossible to walk in. Other parts aren't very long out of production yet. Here the trees are more separated, but because there is still some amount of density the photograph becomes a composition of exteriors.
Sometimes it seems as if man has interfered. Take for example the theatrical character of a bocage landscape, formed by the juniper bushes themselves.
These bushes take ages to grow. They always were a very important element in the landscape of this region, Drenthe. Many folk tales are about these bushes and when you are there, you understand why.
In a different way the sense of some sort of design seems to be true: the Dutch Forestry Commission helps to create such circumstances in this nature reserve that it enables these juniper bushes continue developing.
On the road to Castle Rhijnauwen | 2008
Oak at the side of the road to Castle Rhijnauwen, the Rhijnauwenselaan, Amelisweerd, district Utrecht, the Netherlands.
In this parc nearby Naples the design determined the trees to grow in the shape of a star (all the lanes in the parc meet at the centre). However, in the course of centuries, roles have switched; like small creatures we walk at the bottom of a canyon, like visitors in a modern cathedral.
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