What we define as “nature” is a construct. The last primeval forest of the Netherlands was cut down in 1871. What do we describe as natural when everything we see around us contains human influence? In this project I researched the various ways in which man consciously or subconsciously curates nature.
‘Aan de IJssel’ borrows its name from the location where the work is made, Krimpen aan den IJssel and Capelle aan den IJssel, the places where I grew up. Both villages have in recent years been awarded the title “greenest city in the Netherlands”. Because of this, they are an excellent showcase of the way nature is designed in the Netherlands.
Graduation work HKU photography.