underWATER

Showing you, some underWATER pictures with the new camera.

Willow-roots under water

The roots of Willow keep on growing holding onto some drifting sand, creating a light drip.  The trick was not seeing at all, looking from above and hoping for the best.

clinging onto wood

They say underWATER life clings onto wood much better than onto stones, it seems that way. Nice to see how the sediment is captured by plants and sticks, creating a new environment.

special light

The light is different underwater, this picture was made while a small wave did capture the camera, just under. You see the movement of tiny prisma’s embracing light beams.

just above

When you hold the lens just above waterlevel you get a water horizon, with a perfect reflection of perspective.

DRIP

When you click just on the moment the camera comes out of the water, you make a drip.

special beach

Here under the smoke of Rotterdam is a small paradise, where i like to hide in silence and forget the world. Here right here were the photo’s made.

more will follow, lots to learn, a new camera, a new menu, a new search, for how to do it.

 

 

MEM

Early Wantij

Waarom zal men toch om 04.46 in de ochtend op de fiets stappen, tja zeg nou zelf waarom zal je dat nou doen?
Toch is dat echt het aller mooiste moment van de dag om gewoon op je fiets te stappen en heerlijk de natuur in te fietsen.
Het moment, waarop je in het dorp, 5 auto’s tegen komt en geen enkele fietser. Het moment, waarop stilte nog een beetje stil is. Het moment, waarop je even alleen bent.
De rijksweg is wel wat anders zelfs tijdens de corona maar goed daar fiets je snel langs.

Why would you get on your bike in the dark morning, well to see nature wakeup. To leave the city bustle and hustle behind you. Its the only time when here in the village, yes, village, you hardly see cars or other people. The motorway is quickly behind your bike. Do, you think, the car-drivers saw them Egrets flying against the dark sky like white shadows, you see thats why, on the bike you see.
This time the trip had one way to do with my training as a nature guide and the other way going into memory lane.
Going past wel known sights and over well guided country roads into the sunrise with the midnight blue. By the Wantij the city finally lays behind my back and a certain tranquility takes place all around.

Pond Kop van het Land

Rustig verdwijnt de stad naar de achterkant van de fiets en de heerlijke rust komt je tegemoet met de glimlach van de zonsopkomst. Het Wantij over, even stoppen wat het zadel drukt en het water roept. Stilletjes de Zeedijk op om te praten met schapen, het is me geleerd hier jaren geleden. Het geluid uit mijn keel klinkt nog steeds als uit die schapen-keel.
Kopje van het Land, pond ligt te wachten op de eerste klant. Het eiland van Dordrecht had eens zoveel ponden, heen en weer naar de overkant, voor een kwartje. Nu zijn er tunnels en bruggen en veel te veel auto’s voor de pond, maar niet deze ene Kopje van het Land, zo herkenbaar na 40 jaar.

While the bike pushes over the Zeedijk (sea-dike) into memories of talking to sheep and after years of malpractice still give an answer.At the end there she lays patiently waiting for the first customers the ferry. We are on the Island from Dordrecht surrounded by rivers, once the ferries used to take you to the other site. Now this lovely ferry is about the only one by Het Kop van het Land ( the head of the land ) a small point. On the other site you leave Holland behind you and enter Brabant.
Not this time.

Nieuwe Merwede a canal a river

Nu fietsen we effe zomaar in de mooie vooruitgang. Meestal heeft de vooruitgang iets te maken met de snelheid van het leven, auto’s en zo, maar niet ditmaal. Hier fietsen we in een gebied dat is tegoeden is gekomen voor de natuur. Het is geheel mens gemaakt en ligt aan een breed kanaal, gegraven tussen 1864 en 1884, De Nieuwe Merwede. Het stroomt van de Beneden Merwede naar het Hollands Diep en maakte van Dordrecht een eiland. Eens gemaakt met de eerste stoomschepen nu een stromend water door een natuur gebied de BiesBosch.
Heerlijke zaligheid.

This time we cycle where i used to hide as a youngster to escape the peerpressure and push of education with strengeling competition. In 4 years doing 3 school exams is wel how to say. The cycle track was not there them days but i knew a secret little way to get to the canal and let everything stream by out of my mind. I used to dream about life, that i now have liven, not like the dream but close enough. In my life i saw so many amazing nature, true wilderness, nothing like this place. They say something about a circle becoming full. A small stop at the Oosthaven to make a video of the birdsong to show my colleges who are on their way on the other site of the island.

Pipo koeien

De collega’s staan al te wachten, met zijn drieën hebben we de Tongplaat geadopteerd, om na onze opleiding, natuurgidsen te worden van de IVN.
Het gebied heeft heel wat veranderingen ondergaan. In mijn jonge jaren heb ik gezien hoe het langzaam maar zeker aan het verknallen was.
De Tongplaat werd in 1803 ingepolderd en in 2012 werd het weer terug gegeven aan het water als onderdeel van het Strategisch Groenproject Dordrecht.
Zo zie je maar het kan ook anders, echt anders.

Slowly but certainly the cycle track takes us along a strip of natuur, once disappearing now flourishing.
No words can describe how this feels, for me. Something in my veins is jumping of joy, pure joy. Shinrin Yoku comes to mind, a new thing for the vitamin G. New for some old for many, or perhaps that should be the other way  around. Comes to think of it, i seem to have doen it my entire life.
ANYWAY
Its pure nature made by human hands, every bid of it, the wild is here thanks to people, all sort of people.
In 1864-1884 they dug the Nieuwe Merwede canal. Even it looks and feels like a river its a canal, made to let the water flow more freely to stop the many flooding and yep it worked.

dauw

Zo, natuurgids in opleiding, nieuwe namen leren, nieuwe natuur leren, nieuwe geluiden leren en determineren, terwijl ik eigelijk op mijn knieën zit met de camera.
Gelukkig, zijn mijn collega’s heel geduldig en laten me meestal rustig mijn gang gaan.
Want echt het is de beste tijd van de dag voor vogel concerten. Al hoewel koeien op het pad een andere uitdaging geven. Ohhh en dan heb ik het nog niet eens over die duizenden dauwdruppels in de zon. Ach een beetje verdwalen in de natuur is voor de mens nodig.
Ja, kijk, hier is het eens allemaal begonnen als kleinkind aan de hand van mijn papa als eigenwijze tiener, die hier niet wilde blijven. Nu weer terug in een heel ander jasje. Toch mis ik die plekjes in New South Wales en in Old South Wales.

fietsen op de dijk

And perhaps one day in the next year, you can come over and see it and perhaps by that time i can guide you better than now. Still learning not to end up on my knees to take that one angel of the morning dew. Perhaps one day hey.

Who knows where the track next year will go. Yet, i do miss them places there far away, the darkness, the stillness, the loneliness, the wild. Back on my bike.

 

AnY LandScape

ANY LANDSCAPE

Actually LandArt can be lots more than ‘a conversation with nature or landscape questioning our relationship with the land and nature’. Or even that wonderful wording of re-order our response to place, landscape or nature. What then? 

Look at this video of Andy Goldsworthy:

The conversation uses little words but what he says sounds the perfect wording for what Land Art might be or could be, if you let it happen. His questioning happens in silence and his response  last perhaps just a day.
The word INTUItion jumps out, something we forget to use, a perception that feels stupid yet creates. He leaves reasoning behind while walking and in a way connecting to wherever he goes.

 An other important wording all landscape. You can create Land Art in any landscape, you will find material to create whatever. Forget about a plan, let it happen while going. The change it will fail doesn’t matter, the change it all fall apart, makes it. The different approaches to each landscape as we all see that landscape different.

The collecting of material found in the landscape plays a central role as well. So come material landscape and intuition together in the creating of Land Art. The Land Art stays in place but vanish with time and some material stay longer than other; leaf against wood, wood against stone.

In the case of the waterfall you see the fallen wood made it possible to make drifting wood, the doodval will stay, while the drifting wood will flow away. Only the photo of the Land Art sells at time you create more for the photo, the pretty picture, than the Land Art, our society demands the selling particle.

Why would you need a long artists statement, why would you need a title?? Land Art speaks for herself.
Land Art not sculpturing nature but connecting culture with nature. A question could you create Land Art in the urban landscape?
Have a look at the video it will make your day or even week.

Soms kom je iets tegen dat je laat zien wat je niet kan zeggen. Deze video zegt zoveel meer over Land Art of landschap kunst dan de vele boeken en tijdschriften die een omschrijving zoeken wat misschien gewoon geen woorden nodig heeft. Andy Goldsworthy    zegt weinig maar de paar woorden die gesproken worden laat heel wat zien over Land Art. Ieder landschap geeft haar eigen geheimen prijs als je er open voor staat. Loop niet door, loop niet over maar ga effe zitten om het tot je door te laten dringen.
Verzamel wat er zoal verspreid ligt en maak Land Art waar je ook bent. In Nederland vind je veel het stedelijke landschap maar ook hier kan je Land Art maken. Een uitdaging voor de volgende weken.

 

Concept design/Art

concept

There is no “collective perception” perhaps there never should be.

perhaps

Land Art Forest can be called (as it never is but always can) a community art project with direct input from the public, right from the start. The land artist ask you, people who follow me or the new and old members of Land Art Bos to give their ‘perception’ of the Land Art Forest.

possible

The most creative part of design/art is or better should be the ink and wash (crayons on napkins), sweeping ideas and all the various possibilities. The aim stays to plant a Land Art Forest but the perception and thereby the concept varies (the how and what).

conceivable

A social design process to bring about social change how we see the natural world, challenging the pure market-oriendness of design.

Envision, communication, interaction, common set of goals, lets scrape and add. Its noting new just different. Superflex (an Danish Artists Group) has created with the locale community Superkilen an urban park in Copenhagen.

potential

Lets create some Land Art in nature deprived area’s, deprived because of devastating fires or the always advancing concrete/brickwork. Holland, Portugal, Wales, Australia are the places on the agenda. Express concerns or issues through artistic approach, to trigger changes and events.

viable

You can give your ideas as a comment, email, or by the contact form on DabeArt. Some of the ideas already expressed: memory trees to remember people we have lost, outdoor photography, wish-tree, willow weaving (dead or living willow), land art poetry, tree adoption (it will be your own tree) with a growth report and nameplate and …………..

probable

Tell me which ideas you like or add ideas, tell me your own ideas. See me as the boat of the project, everybody can come on board and the boat keeps the project afloat. 

Looking forwards to hear from you all.    *_*  

doable

Nederlands
idee/denkBeeld ontwerp 

Het ontwerp van het Land Art Bos ligt in uw handen, groepsontwerp. We zitten in die hele leuke fase van “wat dacht je van deze mogelijkheid” alles kan niets moet.

Mijn Nederlands is een beetje verwatert maar zie mij maar als het bootje dat het project Land Art Bos drijvende houd en iedereen is welkom aan boord. Je kan je ideeën en gedachtes delen per email, als commentaar, via het contact formulier op DabeArt.
Laat maar van je horen, alles is nog open
.

mogelijk

   

SLIDE 5 AND 6

What to prove
by
planting a tree
How to perceive beyond
the green

sixty centimetres
noting more
skinny being in cracked soil

 slight different angle
aspects turned around
to breath
more than sound
when growth outmined viewpoint
against the wind
inside that intersection of no belief

 

slide5Trees

Slide 5 PLANTING TREES

 

Its all done before
and
it will be done again
to form a pattern
close a circle

tree will outgrow you and me
to leave something, we can’t reach
telling stories nobody reads

time will tell
how we feel
interactive transgression
meaning of nature to clean
that what we leave in a leaf
the counter weight of transactions
showing an image  not made by hand

 

slide6otherartists

slide 6 other artists

 

to shake it all again
not so sure about the name
as what is in the name of ART
more than poverty over brain
what is it worth
for YOU?

DaBeArt

EMPTY

EMPTY SPACE

space

While reading the new ‘LandArt book’ Expeditie Land Art it occurred to me that magical word empty, in Land Art.
On page 89 you find the start of a description of the writers visit to Lightning Field from Walter de Maria.
What Walter achieved with this piece of Land Art is to create the experience of an empty field, a field which will stay empty for many generations to come.
Most fields will not achieve that, that immense feeling of emptiness.

alone

alone

A filed is never truly empty, bare, blank, deserted there is something always something. YET, it can give you that feeling of being purposeless, meaningless never unfinished.
Walter de Maria made sure to preserve that feeling in the whole of the creation and preservation of his work The Lighting Field.

People will say and did say this is no art but than was it his purpose to create art or was it to preserve a landscape on the brink of disappearing of this planet.
Due to his planting of metal rods you now can visit this place with just 5 others alone without; phone, tv, radio, books, magazines, internet for at least 24 hours to experience empty, silence, idle, clear vision.

Everything in our lives has some kind of monetary value yet the most important aspects of life appears to us free of any charge. It will not be for long and than when it is gone perhaps than we realise what we have sold.

i can see you

can you see

 

Forest Museum

At times people see gardens as museums for special plants, perhaps we can see the forest as a place for special trees.
While we wander around the forest remembering fairytales, wondering gnomes under our feet, a distant call of the fluttering bird, do we see what it could be.

Alan Songfist did.
Making art by planting trees in the shape of that or perhaps that other fluttering bird.
An amazing piece of art hidden for the human eye yet clearly seen by bird-eyes.

Land Art Forest hidden beauty

hidden forest

An other fantastic piece of work from Alan Songfist is “Time LandScape” again made with trees, situated in New York City.

Agnes Denes is an other land artist who created forest art, with a more hidden message of ‘this will never be sold’.

How about a cathedral made with living trees, well more than one person had that idea but like paintings no Land Art is the same.
Whipsnade Tree Cathedral is a 9.5 acres cathedral created and planted by Mr Edmond K. Blyth, starting in 1932 long before the land art movement came along.

The Tree Cathedral by Giuliano Mauri is made with hidden trees as in each column a young Beech tree is growing. The columns are made with branches and sticks woven into a structure which is more than just a tree protector.

The Green Cathedral “De Groene Kathedraal” made with Birch trees not to last forever but leaving a lasting memory of trees on the new created land in the Netherlands.
Marines Boezem was born just 2 years after Mr. Blyth started to plant his green cathedral.

Land Art Forest hidden drop

livil

From the ‘Green Cathedral’ it is a short drive to go to “Het MuseumBos” where you can find several pieces of land art created with trees.

Land Art Forest will not be a new idea but than who made the first painting? How many paintings did follow?
Lets wish we create just as many Land Art Forests as we created paintings.

 

 

Land Art Conversation

The Land Art ‘movement’ never wrote a manifesto like other art movements. You can therefor find as many different definitions of Land Art as there are land art artists.

Land Art Poetry 'Crack'

Land Art Poem

The following definition inspired me into a new thinking in 2009:
“Land Art is a conversation with nature/landscape, questioning our (human) relationship with the land and nature, to articulate the experience of landscape and nature.”
Perhaps the conversation between me and nature became literal, in the meaning of actual, by writing with and in the landscape the feelings it aroused in me.

Land Art Poetry

There were it happens

 

An other much used definition comes from ‘Ben Tufnell’ in his book ‘Land Art’ :
– Land Art is the use of art to enact or articulate a direct, non-pictorial engagement with landscape and nature, or to re-order our response to place, landscape or nature.
The photos here are the documentation of the art but not the Land Art.
When you look at both definitions you see the word articulate, which means so much as expressing oneself ‘clearly’ or speaking ‘clearly’.
Expressing oneself has everything to do with putting in words or show an emotion.
Words do disappear like nature these days.

 

the disappearing of words

disappearing

 

My response: Nature does not discriminate what has made the land/ground, it doesn’t matter if mining or termites or even earthquakes made the ground. Constant change is a main principle, once gone nature comes back different.
As Land Art urges us to RE-examen our relationship with landscape and nature. Can we re-create landscape/nature or is it once gone, never come back?

 

Land Art Poetry Trail

TRAIL

 

I wanted to find out if we can re-create nature within a man made landscape.
To do this I had to let go of box thinking; culture, wild, environmentalism all belong to a box with a certain label. Human-made can be nature. The Land Art should not become moralising and certainly not a new box with attached new labels.

In this way I made ‘Vagdavercustis’ by having a conversation with nature and the landscape. I Re-examine my own relationship with nature and the landscape, seeing what we articulate, express put into words can become nature.

 

LOPE

LOPE not loop

 

If we walk or if we drive we see and experience landscape.

 

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