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.
created these landscape photos in the United States during an artist's residency.
The land has never asked to be photographed, never called out for any attention or demanded documentation—yet as these three photographers show, pictures of our surrounding world allow us to understand the marks that we are leaving behind.
makes portraits of young Americans who have volunteered to serve in the ROTC army training program. She captures the inner-tensions created when these young people learn to assume a second persona to perform their roles as army officers.
As the economic, social and political crisis in Europe persists, the continent is becoming a breeding ground for movements built around individuality, hatred and fear.