When it was suggested to me that I had the opportunity to live in Holland, do you think I went “wow”? Mmmm i’m afraid not….my first ideas of Holland involved flatness and windmills, clogs and cheese! All things I really didn’t think would inspire me! Roll on a year and a half and I can not believe how much I love the Dutch landscape and the huge diversity of subjects, events and places to visit and photograph. Who would have thought that narrow tall houses with brightly painted window frames, shutters and bikes would make an interesting image?
Around 6 months ago I joined a Dutch photographic mentoring group with the purpose to get to know some local photographers, learn and practice my Dutch and to work on a fun project. After reviewing some photos I had taken before at the 1st meeting it was suggested that my project for the year could be photographing things in The Netherlands that I considered beautiful and unique to Holland. I got very excited about this and sought friends opinions here on what made the Netherlands what it is for an expat! The list was interesting to say the least!
The list included cheese, clogs, flatness, river ferries, river beaches, coffee, architecture, apple cake and cream, bikes, shutters, canals and so many more unusual ideas. I’m still working on this project towards a book of all things uniquely Dutch, but my mentoring group is now finished.
The group really enjoyed seeing the various photos i produced, not least for their unique subject matter. One session they said to me “so you non Dutch really do see us as fields of tulips, windmills and cheese eating clog wearers!”
Canals – Everywhere in Holland – I have to say this one is pretty photogenic!
In February 6 of my images from this project will appear in an exhibition along with the others of my group. I’ve really enjoyed this project on a personal level, and I have enjoyed the challenge of trying to photograph mundane things like coffee and bikes in a unique way. I’ll keep you posted on the book launch and the exhibition date!
Every day I am amazed, wowed, in awe and have fallen in love with the dead straight tree lined roads all over The Netherlands.
Bikes of all shapes and sizes of course feature heavily!