There is a thin line of land and sea that connects the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark to the north. This place is called the Wadden Sea, a mesolittoral plane whose appearance is the result of centuries of tides that incessantly change the morphology of the land, transforming the coast into a non-place, sometimes completely submerged and sometimes entirely above the surface.
It is places like the Wadden Sea, whose uniqueness and atmosphere offer views and landscapes bordering on the fantastic, that are in greater danger than others of disappearing due to climate change and, above all, the rising sea level. Unless there is a sudden change of course, part of the northern coast of Europe will one day be covered by the tides and will never re-emerge.
This is what Dutch-based photographer Alice de Kruijs wants to focus on, especially with her latest photo series entitled “When the Sea Comes”.
In her project we see landscape photos, in which the melancholic, static and calm atmosphere of the Dutch coast is so dense as to be palpable, alternating with simple and delicate portraits of models.
The common element in all the people photographed is their copper-coloured hair, a typical feature of the country’s inhabitants, a choice that can be interpreted as a tribute to the culture, but also to the history of the Netherlands.
In addition to admiring the aesthetics of Alice de Kruijs’ photography, we invite you to look at her shots with a critical eye, but also with a touch of sadness that comes from the awareness of admiring landscapes that could disappear forever.
Alice de Kruijs will be one of the photographers on show at ImageNation Milan from 24 to 30 September.