The landscape in the Netherlands is continually changing, precisely because it is so densely populated. Towns and cities encroach upon the unspoiled countryside. Industrial parks and roads are springing up in places where cows once grazed. With the on-going industrialization and urbanization, new buildings and high dividing walls obscure age-old places from view.
Provided that cultural and social aims are being sufficiently served, we tolerate and indeed preserve these places, stripped of their original function, and now misplaced in the landscape. At the same time, differing environments draw ever closer to each other, sometimes even becoming intertwined. Walls, fences or sound barriers are designed to segregate these "conflict areas" from one another.
It is the tension in these "borders" in the continually changing Dutch landscape that drive me to make these photographs.
was fascinated by the light in Iceland — brilliant, vivid colors during the summertime when the sun rarely sets, contrasted with the dusky blue that hangs like a veil over the country in the dark monochromatic wintertime. Her poetic visual essay is the grand prize winner in the Lens Culture Student Photography Awards 2013.
Day in and day out, men from an African brick quarry extract from the earth the basic building blocks of their world—and in the process, create an ever-changing work of earth art.
Once a year they march under victory banners, their old uniforms embellished with medals and ribbons — but these World War II veterans from Ukraine live uncertain lives in these difficult and confusing times.
A sweeping overview of photography from Eastern Europe — some old views, and lots of new discoveries. As always, Noorderlicht provokes, informs and inspires.