André Ruiter Historic Landscapes

July 18, 2021

Anloo, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Project: Megaliths
Wake up early - B&W photographer and collector of antique photographica

It's a 1,5 hour drive from my hometown to the dolmens in Drenthe. There was a possibility of fog at dawn and I decided to take the chance. I woke up at 3am and at 4am I was heading for Drenthe. Fog in the summer usually disappears quickly after sunrise. I drove to Anloo and after a short walk I arrived at hunebed D11. A thin layer of fog covered the fields and disappeared after an hour. I'm very pleased with this image. It was worth the trip and getting up early.



July 10, 2021

Gasteren, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Project: Megaliths
Hunebed D10 - B&W photographer and collector of antique photographica

When I arrived most of the fog was already gone. This dolmen is located in a beautiful landscape, but I couldn't capture the atmosphere I was looking for. After some fruitless attempts, I decided to go home and return another time. As I walked away and looked back, the sun broke through and the light was scattered by the mist. I chose a 85mm lens to isolate the dolmen and capture it against the background of the trees.


July 2, 2021

Thuine, Emsland, Germany

Project: Megaliths
Großsteingrab auf dem Radberg - B&W photographer and collector of antique photographica

What started as a project about the Hunebedden in Drenthe is now expanding. I have decided to photograph several prehistoric stone monuments in Europe and the project has been renamed Megaliths. This German megalithic grave is called Großsteingrab auf dem Radberg and is situated in the woods of Emsland between the villages of Thuine and Langen.


October 2, 2020

Bronneger, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Project: Megaliths
Hunebed D21
Hunebed D21

Today I will start a new photo project about the Hunebedden in The Netherlands. "Hunebed" is the Dutch name for "Dolmen", a prehistoric megalithic tomb. The idea came to me while I was working on my project Fliegerhorst. The former airfield Fliegerhorst Havelte In Drenthe is also the site of two large burial chambers.

In 2019 I completed all my remaining projects and now it's time for something new. After ten years it's nice to work on a project that is not related to war.

The 54 Dutch dolmens have been researched and indexed by the archaeologist Albert Egges van Giffen (1884-1973). 52 are located in the province of Drenthe and are indexed with a number and the prefix D (for Drenthe). This morning I visited the numbers D21 to D25 which are located close to the village of Bronneger. To my surprise it was misty when I arrived, which is a good start of the project.