A woman is surprised and frightened by a huge wave crashing behind here when she was taking a selfie at Reynisfjara beach near Vik (Iceland), apparently unaware of the power of the Ocean waves. In February 2016, a Chinese tourist drowned on this beach after being caught by a sneaker wave. According to Wikipedia, around 50 people died in 2015 due to accidents while taking a selfie.
Why do people visit beautiful and impressive places in nature? And how much attention do they actually have for the landcape when they are there? These questions crossed my mind when I watched tourists taking selfies at famous places during one of my visits to Iceland and decided to make a photo series about it.
On a stormy winter morning at a small lake near the Solheimajokull glacier on Iceland, I discovered a rock captured in the ice. I was attracted by the beautiful lines and the bright colours, caused by the reflection of a mountain in the morning sun. After walking around the scene a couple of times, I have chosen this composition.
I have seen the beautiful and mysterious spectacle of aurora borealis on many occasions, but never as beautiful and mesmerizing as this night in North Sweden last autumn. There s a strong aurora activity that lasted for hours and the landscape was lit by the almost full moon. On top of that, it was almost windstill and it started to get hazy, especially in the vicinity of water. I went to a small lake along the road between Jokkmokk and Kvikjokk. First of all I wanted to leave, because it was so foggy that the aurora was not visible anymore. But then the fog cleared a little bit and I was treated with a landscape of subtle beauty. I got low to the ground to capture the reflection as good as possible. It was the first aurora picture that I am really happy with.
The Marmorslottet ('The marble palace) is a n area in Northern Norway, close to the city of Mo i Rana, with very interesting and spectacular rock formations, eroded by a glacial river during a period of thousands of year. Although the area is pretty small (maybe two hundred meters long), it was easy to spend the whday photographing there, discovering new treasures and new compositions all the time. All of a sudden I saw the reflection of the trees above the rocks in a water pool and it added just the finishing touch for the picture I was after.
On a clear night lit by the full moon I photographed the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland in such a way that it looked like a stairway to heaven to me. In the post processing I had to remove some lensflare, to make it look how I saw and experienced the scene in the field.
For some time I have been fascinated by the dynamics of underwater landscapes in small mountain streams and brooks. In a small brook in the Netherlands (Levenumse beek) I found a small waterfall, just under a couple of beatiful autumn trees. I got into the water and experimented with half half images, with the bubbles of the waterfall combined with the autumn landscape we know so much better.
Walking along the snowy beach of Saudarkrokur in the North of Iceland on a cold winters day, I suddenly discovered these two small hills with grass, adding a touch of colour to a otherwise completely white world. When I looked again, I saw the eyelashes of a sleeping lady and I took this picture with a smile on my face.
No photoshop, no studio, this picture was taken in the wild! At a small fen in the Netherland, Hondenven near Tubbergen, huge amounts of common blue damselflies gather on and around the water at hot summer days. They sit at stems and fly around the water, looking for prey and females to mate. The stems are popular and therefore always occupied. The damselflies that do not have a place at the stem often keep flying around a stem. A couple of years ago I discovered that they do this often in a synchronic way. The flight patterns are beautiful, as if thework of a choreographer. Obviously this always goes very fast and is extremely hard to capure in a photo. I spent a couple of days each summerto observe and photograph this behaviour and literally took thousands of pictures, of which only a couple were good. Overcast windstill days were the best to try, because than you have almost white water and perfect reflections. This picture is the best and is what I had in mind all these years. I converted it to black and white with Silver Efex pro software to make it even more graphical.