Twenty Five Plots


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2018 / 1st edition
Limited of 100

25 photographs
62 pages
29.7×21 cm
Hardcover, perfect binding

Euro €26.00



Twenty Five Plots contains twenty five images of nurseries and orchards in the south of The Netherlands. The photos were taken in the provinces of Zeeland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Nurseries and orchards form a remarkable aspect of the horticultural use of the land.

Thieu Riemen is fascinated by the strikingly artificial layout of the plots which has been formed by commercial and other practical everyday objectives. There are a lot of man-made and carefully managed landscapes in The Netherlands in which human actions are traceable, but in these horticultural areas the natural and the manmade are juxtaposed in an eye-catching way. The cultivation of bushes and trees in nurseries and orchards shows long straight lines of plants often with pruned and truncated forms. This form of cultivation makes human intervention visible in a very special and even poignant way.

Many images, captured in the winter season, show the straight lines of trees and bushes with the bareness of the ground and leafless branches as evocative elements. In wintertime, when there is not much work to do and most birds are quiet, often an invigorating tranquility hangs in the air. The photographer greatly enjoys this time of year when wandering around the abandoned orchards and nurseries is a great way of being at one with the world.



Thieu Riemen (b. 1958) is a fine-art photographer and teacher who lives in Tilburg in the south of The Netherlands. Originally he was educated as a painter at Academie voor Beeldende Vorming Tilburg (Academy of Visual Arts) and art historian at Leiden University. Photography was continuously a part of his visual artwork and profession. About eight years ago, the rise of digital photography gave a fresh new boost to his landscape photography.



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