Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Serenity - Dutch Landscapes

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

Like any other nation, Holland has its stereotypes. Whenever I tell people I'm going there, the response is usually some mention of Amsterdam accompanied by a wry smile, or a comment about how nice the people are. Failing that, there is always the good old windmills-and-tulips stereotype. I think people usually picture Holland as a nation consisting of one drug-fuelled city surrounded by fields of tulips, the monotony of the flat horizon broken only by the odd windmill.

Unsurprisingly, this isn't the case. Whilst most of the people are friendly, the part of Holland where my family reside is ever-increasingly urbanised, with fields replaced by houses, shops and industrial estates and the precious-little woodland mercilessly sliced into pieces by more and more roads and motorways.

This summer, however, I spent a week in the Veluwe, a sizeable area of largely unspoilt woodland in the heart of the nation. Cycling through its open, rolling landscape one can almost feel one's blood pressure dropping as the stress of everyday life and the confines of urban landscapes fall away, replaced by Into The Wild-esq scenes of woodland and exposed terra firma.

I tried to capture something of the spirit of the Veluwe on camera, and looking at the pictures and thinking back of my time there, I am (and was) struck by a sense of serenity. I felt that presenting the photographs in monochrome portrayed something of this through focusing the viewer's gaze on the sweeping lines and soft tones of the 'scapes without the distraction of colour.

Anyway, enough waffle - here are the results (click on each image for a larger version):

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

Jason Wain Photography - Dutch Landscapes

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