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This oak alley is one of my favorites. Most Dutch alleys look straight and I personally don't like the symmetry of it at all, preferring nature to have a will of her own, to be too stubborn to submit to the wishes of humans. This path is one that is close to the farms of my ancestors and in some way this feels like the woodland where I am myself rooted in my own past. Fog can build up suddenly in this area and also disappear within seconds, but they way I like it best is when the fog is just about to evaporate and the scene that is opposite the rising sun is turning into a painterly scene with a magical combination of warm light and fog. It makes it look very painterly and I could never grow bored of looking at it.
This artworks is offered by Ellen Borggreve
Ellen Borggreve is a landscape photographer and author of Woodscapes and Praxisbuch Wälder fotografieren, among others. She was born and raised in the woods of the Veluwe where her love for trees originated. Besides forests she also likes to photograph Dutch coastal scenes.
The focus is on tranquil scenes that seem to lie outside everyday reality, without people in the picture, with subjects that are about to disappear often being the subject. The fleeting patterns in the sand, but especially old forest giants that are disappearing at breakneck speed due to climate change.
Ellen is an awarded photographer at 1x and was named one of the world's best landscape photographers by Photoblog in 2019. Her work has been published in books, Nature Photography Magazine, Focus, Landscape Photography Magazine, On Landscape and many other publications. She shares her knowledge gained during her long career as a soft sculpture artist and designer combined with over 40 years of experience in photography in the many articles she writes for Landscape Photography Magazine and also her own blog. She also enjoys teaching where she puts the individual vision of photographers first.