Mischa Keijser is a professional photographer living and working in The Netherlands. He recently self-published a very handsome limited edition book of personal photos that he views as a visual diary of the period in his life dating from the death of his father, through falling in love, and the birth of Mischa's first child. In between are moments of majesty in local Dutch landscapes, and meditations on the treatment of animals and the environment in modern society.
An exclusive, in-depth interview with, who discusses his prize-winning photo, the series that it came from as well as his inspiring philosophy of image-making.
These stunning photos of ancient trees set against all-natural long-exposure backdrops of the Milky Way was inspired by two fascinating scientific studies that connect tree growth with celestial movement and astral cycles.
A project that was born from fascination for the beauty and abstractness of the pre-Andean plains, rapidly evolved into a need to document this particularly fragile region, which is now under serious threat of desecration due to man's eagerness to extract the rich minerals from its soils.