19 May 2018

Hürtgen Forest

Peterberg, Hürtgenwald, Germany
Hürtgen Forest

This weekend I visited the Hürtgen Forest in Germany to start a new project about the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. The purpose of this first trip was to get an impression of the area and to visit the sites, which played a role during the battle. I’ve located several bunkers from the Westwall and was impressed by the many traces in the landscape. Trenches, artillery positions and foxholes are still clearly visible today.

 
16 April 2018

RAF Skaw

Lamba Ness, Unst, Shetland
RAF Skaw

A visit to RAF Skaw was my main objective of this weeks trip to the Shetlands. This former World War II radar station is situated at the most northern part of Shetland, at the Isle of Unst. The 2,5 hour journey from Lerwick includes two ferry crossings. This time of the season ferry bookings are not required and the journey to Unst was smooth and pleasant. The remains of the station and the remote landscape made it a memorable experience.

 
6 January 2018

Flugplatz Haamstede

Burgh-Haamstede, The Netherlands
Flugplatz Haamstede
The dune landscape near the village of Burgh-Haamstede in Zeeland is very interesting area. There are many remains of Atlantikwall fortifications and former airfield Flugplatz Haamstede. Today I visited an anti-aircraft battery with some crew shelters on the top of a dune. Few people visit the site so the bunkers are in relative good shape with not too much graffiti. A quit morning, good light and a subtle textured sky made my day."
 
2 November 2017

Bois de la Laufée

Verdun, France
Bois de la Laufée
This month I completed my photoproject about the First World War in France. I walked the battlefield of Verdun for the last time. A memorable moment because it was exactly 8 years ago I visited this battlefield for the first time. I decided to shoot some locations I've never visited before. I didn’t expect the new photos would contribute to my existing portfolio, but I was wrong. This haunting image of the interior a French battery in Bois de la Laufée has become one of my favourites.
 
3 October 2015

Fort de Troyon

Troyon, France
Fort de Troyon
The barracks of Fort de Troyon. This fort was part of the defence line between Nancy and Verdun. It prevented that German troops could surround Verdun in 1914. It suffered from heavy bombardments but it held on and its resistance changed the course of the war.
 
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