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.
Amidst the endless stories of religious warfare in the Middle East, these photographs offer a ray of hope, showing us an intimate portrait of harmonious co-habitation between a Christian and Sunni family in Kirkuk, Iraq.
The idea of a Muslim fashion industry is almost unthinkable, but in some Islamic countries such as Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia, these street portraits tell a different story.
"Landscapes are culture before they are nature, constructs of the imagination that are projected into woods and water and rock."
Adopting a New Topographic style, these landscape photographs explore remote, long-silent battlefields, revealing the echoes and traces that war leaves behind.