Harnessing the beauty of her native Netherlands, Ingeborg Klarenberg‘s landscapes capture the icy majesty of the country’s cold mountains, lush expanses of grass and still bodies of water.
“It may seem all flat and crowded here,” Ingeborg tells us of photographing in Utrecht, the Dutch city she calls home, “but there are lovely landscapes such as the dunes and beaches, the West Frisian Islands, some beautiful hilly areas in the south and the middle of the Netherlands. In summer I always try to travel to places where I haven’t been. My favorite place is anywhere in Scandinavia. The light is so very beautiful there. The Norwegian fjords, the Swedish lakes and the Finnish woods.”
The 23 year-old has been taking pictures for 15 years, since she got her first camera.
“First I only made photos on holidays in France, Sweden and Scotland, and while my parents took their digital cameras with them, I used an old film camera. I discovered that I was not the only one who appreciates this and that motivated me to carry on with what I was doing. A year ago I bought a Zenit B, an old Russian camera, which I try to bring along everywhere I go.”
While human and animal figures appear occasionally in her images, most of the life and personality emerges in her perspective on the world around here. Like many landscape photographers, she appreciates these spaces for their lack of pretense and assumption.
“People—in my opinion—very often pretend being anything. This is what holds me from photographing them. I want people as they are; sad, happy or embarrassed. But the world doesn’t work like that. People don’t want to be vulnerable.
Shooting places instead of people is perhaps in the first place because I want to capture the things/the world as they are/it is. Right now I am experimenting with abstraction in nature. I can’t really explain this, but it can be just a clump of grass that has a slightly different colour than the surroundig grass.”