The Crete Senesi

The Crete Senesi

Last week I posted a photo from the Chianti region of Tuscany in Italy. The Chianti region is known for it’s vine- and olive-yards. There are, however, very different landscapes to be seen in Tuscany, completely lacking the lush and green freshness of the grape- and olive fields.

South of the Chianti region you will find the Crete Senesi. This region, within the province of Siena, has a landscape with distinctive coloration in the soil reaching from grey, to yellow, to brownish, giving it an almost lunar feeling. The landscape contains a range of rolling hills and woods among villages, where small roads leading up to cottages and farms are often marked by Cypress trees. Although completely different from Chianti the Crete Senesi is open and nonetheless very beautiful in it’s own characteristic way.

The attached photos were taken around Asciano, southwest of Siena.


Click the image to view a larger version.


Click the image to view a larger version.

Continuing further south from Asciano I can highly recommend visiting the hill-top town of Montalcino, famous for it’s excellent Brunello di Montalcino wine. Standing on the north walls of the town you will get a fantastic view over the Crete Senesi.

First sunbeams in Chianti

First sunbeams in Chianti

Two weeks ago we were traveling in Tuscany, Italy, and stayed for a few days in Radda in Chianti in the heart of the Chianti region. This region is famous for it’s beautiful and picturesque landscapes filled with vineyards, olive trees and typical Tuscan style cottages.

From our hotel room we had a magnificent view that demanded to be photographed at any time of day. My favorite moment was though during sunrise in the early morning when the light was still soft and the colors vibrant. The first sunbeams would strike the hills and cast long shadows.

Every morning at 6:15 am I would get up to open our bedroom window and enjoy the view, take a few photos to capture the sense and the beauty of Tuscany.


Click the image to view a larger version.

If you would like to enjoy this view for yourself in real life I can highly recommend staying at hotel Relais Vignale in Radda in Chianti and ask for the Superior Double room with number 37.

MEP – BSR features City Hall panorama

MEP – BSR features City Hall panorama


One of my panorama photos is featuring on the front page of the website of the Model European Parliament – Baltic Sea Region Program (MEP-BSR).

The MEP Baltic Sea Region Program is a non-partisan leadership program for youth in Estonia, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. The aim of the MEP Baltic Sea Region program is to develop interest and skills in addressing high level international issues jointly among high-school students in the 10 countries around the Baltic Sea. The program is a training ground for future leaders and politicians.

The panorama photo of Stockholm’s City Hall was chosen to highlight the upcoming session of the MEP Baltic Sea Region Program in October 2014 which will be held in the capital of Sweden.

For more of my panorama photos you are welcome to view the Gallery – Panorama.

New gallery – Holland: Amsterdam

New gallery – Holland: Amsterdam


A new series of images has been added to the gallery list featuring the canals of Amsterdam in Holland (the Nehterlands). Click the image above or one of the links to view the new gallery.

Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has more than one hundred kilometres of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.

The three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age, form concentric belts around the city, known as the Grachtengordel. Alongside the main canals are 1550 monumental buildings.

The 17th-century canal ring area, including the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Jordaan, were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.

“Linje 17” Solidarity against racism

“Linje 17” Solidarity against racism

On 22nd December 2013 a manifestation against racism took place in Kärrtorp, a suburb south of Stockholm, following a violently disturbed manifestation a week earlier. A mere 16,000 people gathered to show their solidarity for the cause. Here is a short photo reportage.

Click the images to view a larger version.













A selection of my work is now available via Wallstars (website in Dutch only).

Wallstars delivers your choice of photo from their webshop. It is printed on special textile fabric, which can be framed in an luxury aluminum frame. By using the latest UV printing techniques the colors are rich and truthful. No matter how big your wall is, photos and frame sizes are available from 1 meter up till 6 meter!

Due to the special mounting technique you can exchange your photo within the frame for an alternative photo within minutes. If you order more prints in the same size you can exchange them on a regular basis. Check out Wallstars short instruction video to get an idea of the ease of use to have great art photography on your wall.

Wallstars delivers standard in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Though, on special request they can ship to other countries as well.

Contact me for your special promotion code for a 15 € discount!