In the back yard

I have this new tripod. A super nice, solid, relatively light weight carbon tripod with a three way head. One that can be folded small enough to fit in a suit case, or to mount on my backpack. I’ve never been a fan of using […]

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Middle ground

I’m half way reading the sixth and last part of Karl Ove Knausgard’s Min Kamp (My Struggle). There is a passage in one of these volumes that stuck with me – as did many others – , about the author’s own social behaviour. I wish […]

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Experience

It’s been bugging me for days now: a less than perfect photo shoot earlier this week. Editing the pictures as we speak, I only see missed opportunities and discomfort with the process. None of these pictures feel like mine. I like interiors in general, and […]

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Mývatn

I rarely walk past a framed landscape hanging on a wall without taking a picture of it. I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I can’t decide if the dark stain in the centre ruins the photo, or makes it more interesting. I guess […]

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Criticism

Sometimes these discussions in the aforementioned New Landscape Photography Facebook group are quite hilarious, now that they are more heavily moderated than they used to be. Obviously its aim is to facilitate a platform for constructive criticism among landscape photographers. I find the ones about […]

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Wall

If I hadn’t come this close, if I hadn’t pushed it this far, we would probably still be on speaking terms today. It’s a thought that I find hard to let go of. It almost led me to believe that it was wrong to get close […]

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Bye

    Spierdijk, february 2017. I photographed the house for the first time and more extensively in 2014, a few days before my mother in law moved into a nursing home and the property was put on the market for sale. It has been vacant […]

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There and then

A couple of pictures from Iceland that I’ve never posted anywhere before, because I didn’t think they were good enough. But they are part of my memories of this trip just as much as the ones that are. Perhaps even more, because I don’t look at them very often, […]

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The day after

I took some pictures at the Doelen, a concert hall and conference centre, but also one of the venues of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, hosting public screenings as well as facilities for press and industry affairs. It’s usually packed with people, but after taking the above picture at […]

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Postcards

There’s been some debate on the NLP Facebook-page on what is new landscape photography, and what sets it apart from scenic, postcard-like landscapes. I’m not a close follower of the group’s activities and I never post a picture because I don’t think my landscapes meet the ‘rules’, […]

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Actually, we could use some pictures of..

Photographing at work, is partly about me benefiting from the opportunity to photograph interiors, and some other things that I find interesting. Sometimes these pictures find their way to the museum’s communication channels, but I take them on my own initiative and for my own pleasure. The […]

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Words, again

Every form of communication is a way of building at least some kind of relationship I guess. I’m not consciously working on the establishment or consolidation of relationships when I talk to people or interact with them on the social sites, my ambitions and expectations […]

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Freedom (3)

I asked J. the other day what he thought of this hypothetical possibility that I would apply for the photo academy. He said it was my worst idea so far : ) (To put a thing or two into perspective: he teaches at the photography […]

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The free state

I went out photographing last Sunday. I rarely do that, I’m not good at just walking around with a camera and take pictures. I never come home with anything decent if I do. I need a plan, or at least an idea, or a destination, […]

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Making it real

It feels like a lifetime, but it’s only five years ago that I was in charge of the social media channels of the museum I work for. And I feel my cheeks glowing from embarrasment when I remember not only making up social media strategies at […]

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Wintersleep

It has been quiet before, in uninhabited places and remote areas. This was neither, but its stillness was even more tangible. I never saw more than a few people in these little villages. A farmer feeding his sheep, a woman leaving a hairdressers shop with a […]

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Ambiguous spaces

It was the best day to visit the zoo: the air cold and crisp, a clear sky, no wind, the sun low. Quiet, no queues. Most families were at home celebrating an early St. Nicolas I suppose. I like the zoo. I like the constructed landscapes, […]

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Fiction

I read an interview recently with a Dutch author who just published his correspondence from over the years. He said that letters that are unanswered, become a sort of fiction. He didn’t explain himself, but I liked the idea. I’ve written quite a few letters […]

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Dutch landscapes

When we were in Alaska, we went bushwalking with a ranger, and she asked if there was wilderness in the Netherlands. There is not. There is some cultivated nature, with forests, moors, dunes and beaches, designated for recreational purposes. With visitor centres, walking paths, biking […]

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Not sure what I got out of this

I had my first portfolio review the other day, at the Photo Academy in Amsterdam. They invited me and I signed up for it. Although I had no intention to apply for an education, I thought it might be interesting to have someone with expertise […]

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The hypothetical book

I’ve been thinking about sequencing lately. It came up in a conversation with J.J. Sommer about curating my work into a photobook, I think I need to re-edit my website, and I read this interview with Jim Casper, editor in chief of Lens Culture. Here’s what he […]

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De smaakfuik

Another article in the newspaper this weekend on how algorithms, increasingly sophisticated, more and more determine what we see, listen to, like, buy and think. A good read though. If only for awareness purposes. I know how this works and I guess most people do, […]

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End of season

I started to doubt if this place even existed. 120 kilometers of slowly driving through potholes and mudpools, hours of crossing the great plains of nothing, with heavy clouds darkening the rough land. We had constantly been driving towards a sort of tear in the clouds, right […]

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Indoor landscapes

I don’t need much time in the morning when we are traveling. A quick shower, no hair, no make up, yesterday’s clothes if possible. It buys me time for a pre breakfast walk or, in this case, to make as many shots of this particular corner of […]

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People with cameras

I suspect that every tourist with a camera, such as myself, gets at least a little bit irritated by other tourists with cameras. If not for blocking your view or ruining the scene, then for offering a mirror to yourself. There you are, wearing your fancy camera around your neck, so eager to take a picture that you […]

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The Italian lunch

I once went hiking with my sister in the Swiss/Italian Alps, when I was about 20 or so. We took some sandwiches and cereal bars with us for lunch. In the refugio, we shared a table with a bunch of pleasantly loud Italians. Out of […]

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Something good

I’ll be off to Iceland very soon now. I always try to picture the landscape and the situations and possibilities for photographing, long before I leave for a new or not so new place. Try to think of what I’d like to do. Have a […]

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The great pass

I like passes. It’s not just about reaching the highest point of the mountain, or the views. I like how these places are designed and facilitated. How they become a ‘place’ although most of the time they are not, really. Sometimes it’s just a bend […]

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Studio

I used to write film reviews for a newspaper. I remember that for a long time I was worrying that I would be sitting in that film theatre, and not having a clue what to write about the film I was watching. Or rather: that I would have no […]

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