Lost Cities

In the autumn rain
the city drowns
and no one notices

On a gray, rainy day the colors fade away, making contrasts suddenly seem stronger. Many cities are drowning. If it's not in the amount of rain that can't be drained fast enough, it's in the hustle and bustle, the noise, the stench and pollution, the loneliness of many residents, causing many cities to lose their charm.

The contrast with the silence, simplicity and purity of nature is enormous and only gets bigger as a city grows. The inhabitant of the city lives, literally and figuratively, further and further away from the rural environment and from his fellow citizens.

Yet there is much beauty to be seen in the built environment, where man seems to have become a subordinate element in his own creations.

All Souls Pass - Abstract realistic fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef

All Souls Pass

Passing in silence 
evaporate into the light
traveling souls

On a bright morning I walk along a canal. I hear a soft sound, like a duck that constantly goes under in search for food. Then the bow of a rowing boat appears from behind some bushes on the shore. The oars gently touch the water, the oarsmen speak no word and the boat glides by. Then they vaporize into the backlight of the sun.

MAAS-WAAL CANAL, NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

IJsselkade Zutphen - Abstract realistic fine art cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

IJsselkade Zutphen

Commissioned work

IJSSELKADE, ZUTPHEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Some Thing's Out Of Whack (1) - Abstract expressionistic fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef

Some Thing's Out Of Whack (1)

The title is a phrase from the song "Nettie Moore" by Bob Dylan:

Lost John's sitting on a railroad track
Some thing's out of whack
This morning blues falling down like hail
Gonna leave a greasy trail

NEAR THE CITY OF GOUDA, THE NETHERLANDS

Mirror of light

Mirror of light
A few rays of sunlight
escaping into the darkness

NATURE RESERVE LÖVÖ, KALMAR REGION

Awaiting - Nestling on the side of his mother - Impressionistic fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef

Awaiting

A mare and her foal follow me suspiciously with their eyes as I slowly get closer. The foal presses herself firmly against her mother’s side, awaiting what is to come. A great moment for a portrait…
These are Fjord Horses, a Norwegian race.

FIELDS NEAR THE CITY OF NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Pressure - Abstract expressionistic fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef

Pressure

An abstract diptych of a rushing train, giving the impression that you can feel the pressure.

NEAR THE CITY OF UTRECHT, THE NETHERLANDS

The City Drowns - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

The City Drowns

In the autumn rain
the city drowns
and no one notices

On a gray, rainy day the colors fade away, making contrasts suddenly seem stronger. This city and many others are drowning. If it's not in the amount of rain that can't be drained fast enough, it's in the hustle and bustle, the noise, the stench and pollution, the loneliness of many residents, causing many cities to lose their charm.

The contrast with the silence, simplicity and purity of nature is enormous and only gets bigger as a city grows. The inhabitant of the city lives, literally and figuratively, further and further away from the rural environment and from his fellow citizens.

CITY CENTER OF THE CITY OF NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Shadows Of The Past - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

Shadows Of The Past

"Can you make something for the theme Shadows of the Past", someone asked me recently.
But of course! And as a major exception: a photo montage.
No complicated manipulation, simply one photo translucently superimposed over another.

CITY OF NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Entrained In The Undertow - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

Entrained In The Undertow

This photo was made in a crowded shopping mall in the city of Nijmegen, Netherlands. It feels like being sucked by the current, only with difficulty you can move to the side to go into a store.

CITY OF NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Mirror of light

Mirror of light
A few rays of sunlight
escaping into the darkness

NATURE RESERVE LÖVÖ, KALMAR REGION

Wander Through Streets Of Light - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

Wander Through Streets Of Light

It's early in the morning, I'm walking through the streets of an old city. Although the streets are deserted, everything is breathing the bustling activity that has taken place for centuries and often still takes place. Sparkling of life, sparkling of light on a sunny day.

NONNENSTRAAT, NIJNEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

The Morning Light Draws A Shadow Of The Past - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

The Morning Light Draws A Shadow Of The Past

It's early in the morning, I'm walking through the streets of an old city. The morning light accentuates the lines and details of the old facades.

BEGIJNENSTRAAT, NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

The Evening Light Is Painting Fragments Of The Past - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

The Evening Light Is Painting Fragments Of The Past

Fishermen's sheds in Stenbjerg Landingsplads.
Stenbjerg is a fishing village on the former island of Thy in the northwest of Jutland, Denmark. It is noted for its small white fishermen’s huts next to the sandy beach.

STENBJERG, NORTH JUTLAND, DENMARK

Escaping The Shadows - Impressionistic fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef

Escaping The Shadows

A cyclist drives from under a bridge into the light. From shadow to light, an escape from the dark.

NIJMEGEN, THE NETHERLANDS

Vows To The Light - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

Vows To The Light

The sunlight dances through the streets,
the shadows reveal their vows
of allegiance to the light

CITY OF VARENNA, LAKE COMO, ITALY

Mirror of light

Mirror of light
A few rays of sunlight
escaping into the darkness

NATURE RESERVE LÖVÖ, KALMAR REGION

Awakening - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

Awakening

Early in the morning, the beautiful medieval village of Corenno Plinio on Lake Como awakens. Narrow deserted streets, old worn stairs, many buildings with original details and no bars, restaurants or other tourist attractions. A gem!

CORENNO PLINIO, LAKE COMO, ITALY

Summer In Varenna - Impressionistic cityscape by Jacob Berghoef

Summer In Varenna

The sun is slowly descending from the
     roofs,

the narrow streets await the first sunbeams
after a cool dark night

Halfway the morning in the old city center of the beautiful town of Varenna. A man stands still in a dark, chilly street. It is as if he waits for the sunlight to warm him with a shower...

CITY OF VARENNA, LAKE COMO, ITALY

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