Do we still have genuine experiences of nature? Or are we living in a postcard of it?

Some centuries ago landscape painters taught us to appreciate the quality of an untouched landscape. Ever since we have been doing everything to recreate it. We camouflage cell phone antenna mast to look like tries. We fly thousands of miles to experience a pristine landscape. Some countries even go so far to reconstruct prehistoric landscapes at obsolete industrial sites – revived extinct animals included.

Highlanders in the Lowlands: Re-enactment of an Extinct Cow

ESSAY BY Van Mensvoort
April 6th 2010

At the end of every cold winter there is a debate in the Netherlands on whether the forestry service should feed the oxes, horses and deers grazing the Dutch nature resorts. The official policy of the Dutch forestry service is to let the ecosystem manage itself, which causes the weaker animals – 24% of the population – to parish because of lack of food: a sight too natural for most ‘nature’ lovers.

In response to the protests, the initiators of the Dutch ‘hands-off’ landscape management argue that the protests of hikers, bikers and other tourists merely exemplify how alienated people have become from nature.…

A Day in the Dutch Landscape

With Koert van Mensvoort in the dunes of Bloemendaal, the Netherlands. Cellphone masts disguised as trees and a walk ended up between a cattle of Scottish Highlanders.

Dog Modding in China

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
July 19th 2010

As a child, I already saw some great tiger potential in my cat and some shark-ish attitude in the behaviour of my goldfish.…

Come See the Berg!

Van Mensvoort
May 17th 2010

So you’ve seen the peak of the Mount Everest on tour? Descended the bobsled ride of the Matterhorn in a Disneyland?…

Under the Beach Lies the Pavement

Van Mensvoort
June 5th 2010

During the riots of 1968, as students in Paris ripped up paving stones and threw them at the police, one of the rallying cries was “sous le pave: la plage” (under the pavement: the beach).…