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Photography Magazine

Art of Landscapes

Winter in the Netherlands by Bas Meelker


It’s mid-December, but officially it isn’t winter yet – and it looks like it still has a long way to go before it even starts to look like winter. I’m sitting in my office, looking outside at a grey, rainy world. The temperature is 10°C, but it feels even warmer – hopefully it doesn’t turn out to be another snowless winter. In the last few years, this seems to have been the trend: the winter of 2014–2015 gave us only two days of decent snow, and last winter wasn’t much different. Could it be a temporary period of warm winters? But the real point is that the recent winters have proved to be a bit of a disappointment for us landscape photographers.

The lack of snow over the last few winters has only served to raise our hopes and enthusiasm as a new winter approaches, because a white landscape in the Netherlands is something every landscape photographer has to experience at least once in a lifetime. Every time snow is forecast here, the promise evokes visions of classic Dutch winter landscape paintings with people ice-skating on the canals and rivers in landscapes that filled with old towns, villages and windmills. Right? Well, yes – the fact is that Holland can be a magical place in wintertime. And at the same time, the country has been world-famous for it’s light, especially in winter – and that light is still the same.

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