Balanceren

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Voor het project “Balanceren tussen Zoet en Zout” probeer ik de harde kustlijn van de Oosterschelde op een nieuwe, verrassende en verhelderende manier vast te leggen.
In samenwerking met augmented reality expert Sander Veenhof uit Amsterdam maakte ik een aantal proefopnamen met een fish-eye op 80 meter hoogte boven de Plompe Toren bij Burghsluis.
Deze opnamen werden bewerkt zodat er een 360 graden panorama is ontstaan. Met een kartonnen poor man’s oculus rift is het mogelijk om in dit panorama rond te dwalen.
Op 27 en 28 december a.s. kan je dit zelf komen bekijken op de jaar afsluiting van “Balanceren tussen Zoet en Zout” in de Bewaerschole in Burgh-Haamstede.

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My Little Pivot

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On Ebay I have ordered a set of 1/64 scale model pivots.

On the box it says:

Pivot irrigation allows farmers around the world to grow more food using less resources. In 1954, Robert B. Daugherty, founder of Valley Manufacturing Co., acquired patented manufacturing and sales rights for a self-propelled irrigation system from farmer Frank Zybach. Since then, Valmont has grown to become the largest manufacturer of center pivots in the world, irrigating about 17 million acres (6,9 million hectares)

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With this scale model pivot I will try to grow one square meter of cress in my studio.

Landmark, the Fields of Landscape Photography

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Some of my work is featured in the book Landmark, the Fields of Landscape Photography.
This book is an international survey on contemporary landscape photography, edited by William A. Ewing.
Ewing has selected more than 230 photographs by over 100 photographers. The book is organized into ten themes: Sublime; Pastoral; Artefacts; Rupture; Playground; Scar; Control; Enigma; Hallucination; and Reverie. It won’t come as a surprise that my work is part of the Control-chapter. In this theme it is accompanied by the works of Axel Hutte, Alex MacLean, Mishka Henner, Andreas Gefeller and Stephane Couturier a.o.

As an introduction to the book, on page 2 and 3, you can find Contact Sheet #1 (source)  accompanied by Arthur Schopenhauer’s quote:  “Every man takes the limits of his own  vision for the limits of the world”

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The book is published by Thames & Hudson, London.
For more information and reviews check Thames & Hudson

Light into dark

A contact-sheet of centre pivot crops in transition from light into dark. Or, to be more precise: from slow into fast.

The fast growing crops are absorbing the light, the slow growing and drying crops reflect it.

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Grid Corrections

Grid Correction

The origin of the square grid in America’s western lands is Thomas Jefferson’s Land Ordinance of 1785.
Surveyors were sent out far into the wilderness to fix meridians and base lines; from these, half a continent was divided into six-mile square townships, each split into 36 square sections of 640 acres (a square mile), then sold at a fixed minimum price of a dollar an acre.
Having never stepped foot on their property, someone could point to a map, make a purchase, and start their wagon westward knowing precisely where they were going.
Today, a cross-country flight will easily show the physical ramifications of Jefferson’s decision to subdivide this territory upon the grid. The vast majority of America’s western land is so arranged in a logical lattice-work.
By superimposing a rectangular grid on the earth surface, a grid built from square miles, you will have to fix the spherical deviation. After all, this grid has only two dimensions. Somehow and somewhere corrections have to be made.

I have been looking for these Grid Corrections in Google Earth and found these on the Kansas/Nebraska border.

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Black Crop

While I was working on the edit of CROPS I made a version where all the
circles were cut out and placed on a black background.
This was an attempt in getting the viewer more focussed on the circle, instead of being disrupted by the corner left-overs in the square frame.

A short while ago, Michel Banabila asked me for some visuals for his upcoming show in Gorlice (Poland)  and I gave him a selection of these black background circles. One by one, they are going to be beamed behind him while he is playing his set.

It is good to see them again: the endless variation between harvesting, ploughing and seeding becomes even more clear on this black background.

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Playground

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Take a look at Playground on vimeo here

You can watch the film in the Museum Jan Cunen in the exhibition “Almost Nature” and in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam as part of the exhibition Google Mapping.