A country of endless flat horizons.
The Netherlands is located largely below sea level and to prevent the country from flooding, a very pro-active way of water management is required.
Intricate systems of dikes, canals, floodplains and pumps have been working for centuries to keep dry feet and fertile soils.
Literally landscaping the world to their liking, the Dutch have developed a culture where most of the western part of the country is designed and planned from scratch.
Swamps, lakes and even local seas pumped dry, forcing nature to the will of man.
This same can-do attitude formed a mindset that allowed this nation to grow into a true world-power in the 17th century, becoming world-wide experts on water-management and entrepreneurs that became world famous. From masterful painters to modern DJ’s and anything in between.
This photo symbolises that typical Dutch mindset for me; a landscape that is shaped to the will of a nation under a cloudy sky and a straight horizon.