April 26, 20244 Comments

Reflection Of Stillness

Reflection Of Stillness

Translucent thoughts cling to my mind
A dream is blown away, without
disturbing the reflection of stillness

A sunny day in June in the nature reserve ....

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April 18, 20246 Comments

Autumn Fire

Autumn Fire

Cold trees lean against the morning sun,
full of longing.
Light swirls around the fading leaves,
a rustling autumn fire.

Early in the morning in a forest near the city of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. It is cold, but the autumn sun warms everything it touches.

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April 12, 2024No Comments

First Kiss Of Light (1)

A bright morning arrives fresh and new
Pine trees lean toward the first kiss of light
We walk together among the trees
as the sun climbs into a warm spring day

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April 7, 20244 Comments

Spring Sunset (3)

I love those fresh, quiet spring days, where the sea still reflects the colors of winter, and the sun colors the sky in the shades of summer....

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April 6, 20244 Comments

Crying Pine Tree (3)

Crying Pine Tree

Crying pine tree –
Blue rain falling to earth,
mixed tears of happiness.

It is based on a photograph I made on a walk on a bright sunny day on the threshold of spring, in nature park Lövö, a beautiful fairy tale like peninsula on the Baltic coast in the Kalmar region, Sweden.

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April 3, 202412 Comments

Along The Horizon

It was one of those typical windy Danish late summer days. Fierce rain showers passed over all day, alternating with brief moments of sunshine. On the beach, you could see the showers coming from afar, especially when they were shone upon by the setting sun.

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March 28, 2024No Comments

Twilight Rain

Late in the evening after a sunny day. The sun is about to set, the world is waiting for the night to come. Dark rain clouds cover the sky over the lake, a rain shower passes by.

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March 26, 20242 Comments

Misty Morning (2)

On the threshold of spring, I walk through the woods early on a cold and misty morning. Shreds of mist rise from the ground, the day is beginning.

A forest in the mist is fascinating and mysterious

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March 24, 202410 Comments

Crossing

A beautiful sunny winter day. A group of gulls fight each other for a piece of bread. When the seagull with the bread in its beak crosses a wide ditch, the whole group follows; screaming as if panicking to lose sight of the seagull with the bread.

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March 23, 2024No Comments

The Abysmal

The 'Abysmal' triptych from the Infinite Sea collection comprises three digital artworks created from manipulated photographs to elicit a surrealistic atmosphere. These pieces highlight the profound connection between nature and human emotion, while they inspire a reflection on our environmental impact and urge a less consumptive lifestyle.

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March 3, 2024Comments are off for this post.

The Earth Cries

Earth Cries

Huge amounts of toxic
content drowns the lands
Dead eyes,
the earth cries
The sun colors the morning
in the hues of dead trees
on the banks of greed
How high may become
the price the future
will have to pay?

" The computing power for AI models requires immense – and increasing – amounts of natural resources. Legislation is required to prevent environmental crisis.* "

Why can companies develop products and services that are a danger to a human being or even humanity? And that even without making a proper risk assessment beforehand and submitting it for approval to a government agency that judges on objective criteria that protect humanity and its home?

And why, after the production and delivery of a product or service is no longer of interest to them, can companies turn around and walk away with pockets bulging with money, after which a government becomes responsible for the damage and you and I foot the bill?

So why do you and I accept that we are footing the bill for the second time? Didn’t we already pay heavily for the highly profitable products and services for the companies as well?

And why do you and I allow money, the ultimate driver of greed, to rule us to a degree that our children and grandchildren will end up in a world that is completely poisoned and unlivable, even in those locations where Western man has been able to build his destructive world in a comfortably mild climate for the past millennia?

Addicted to consuming

Are we so addicted to consuming that we do not care at all, or that we think (hope) that inventiveness and not yet existing technology will bring the solution to problems that are already so big that we cannot comprehend the consequences, while technology has never yet brought an opolution to a big problem without in turn creating new, often bigger problems?

So tell me, what do you think a 1.5-degree temperature rise in the next decade will mean for the earth in - let's say - 150 years if it is not also and above all accompanied by an immediate end to greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and poisoning of air, water and land, depletion of the earth, destruction of biodiversity, ...?

Do you grant your grandchildren and/or the grandchildren of your family and friends, that world?

* Note: we are already in a huge environmental quadruple crisis. Are we longing for one more?
Link to the article the quote in the beginning of this post is referring too.

Artwork: Earth Cries (2), by me (of course...)

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Earth Cries High waves of toxic water drown the land Dead eyes, the earth cries
Earth Cries (2)

'Earth Cries (2)' is a new artwork in my collection 'Drowned Earth', prints are available, contact me for a quote.

ALL WE NEED IS LESS CONSUMING

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

And do you want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free. Or simply choose for Your Footprint in the menu.

June 1, 2023Comments are off for this post.

Getting lost in the pale light

Marshes captivate with their mysterious allure and fragile beauty, influencing Jacob Berghoef's latest 'Flat Lands' and 'Digital Art' series. His transformative digital art, derived from photos taken at Overasseltse En Hatertse Vennen, manifests in limited edition prints that embody the ethereal marshland atmosphere through surreal editing. His works are available for sale, complete with authenticity guarantees.

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October 7, 2022Comments are off for this post.

A Glimpse Of Flight

[...] When she wakes

she lifts the shade, impatient for a glimpse
of flight: a sparrow, a swallowtail—
something with wings she can memorize.

The above stanza is from Laura Ann Reed's poem "As Clouds Before the Wind", and inspired me to make this artwork.
Laura Ann is a poet from the US, her work particularly appeals to me. Moreover, she is a very inspiring woman; I am fortunate to have a regular email contact with her.
Read more about Laura Ann and enjoy some of her poems via this link to her website. The entire poem is below the image of the artwork.

'A Glimpse Of Flight' is an artwork in my collections 'Secret Places'.

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A Glimpse Of Flight - "When she wakes she lifts the shade, impatient for a glimpse of flight: a sparrow, a swallowtail— something with wings she can memorize." Surrealistic impressionistic digital artwork by Jacob Berghoef
A Glimpse Of Flight

Laura Ann's poem:

As Clouds Before the Wind

There are borders toward which
she moves, although she can’t say
what galaxies they lie between.

Daily, she prepares for a parting
in the trees, waits for the window
hinge to break, the pane to crack

and fall. She’s ready for the wind
to fill her room. She has one foot
planted on another planet,

and in her sleep she yields naked
to the Eros of its magnetic field—
its ethereal embrace. When she wakes

she lifts the shade, impatient for a glimpse
of flight: a sparrow, a swallowtail—
something with wings she can memorize.

General info on this artwork

This is a digital artwork, printed with high-quality ink on museum-quality cotton paper (Hahnemühle Photo Rag® 308gsm). The work comes in a limited edition of 10, signed and with a certificate of authenticity.

For these artworks, I start with one or more photographs made by myself. I edit it in multiple process runs and in several layers by color manipulation and adding and editing multiple digital photographic effects. I do that until a surrealistic atmosphere is created that touches me and tells the story I want to tell.

The photograph(s) I begin with has/have an impressionistic, surrealistic or abstract realist style, which is the basis for all my work.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page

ALL WE NEED IS LESS CONSUMING

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

Want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free. Or simply choose Your Footprint in the menu

October 4, 2022No Comments

Swimming In Tears II

Swimming In Tears II

While trees cry
fish shed their tears
in endless waves

In the project Drowned Earth I show you how I see the earth of a century from now. A fusion of the forests and the oceans, with hopefully in the distant future a rich ecosystem that has managed to adapt to the new circumstances.

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August 22, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Right To Fly

I have the right to fly
To grow, to prosper
The right to be
To raise offspring
Feed you and others
To be fed myself
Who defends our rights?

Does a human being have more right to a clean earth and a safe and healthy life than a bird, a tree, a flower? 

If your answer to this is "Yes," then why? 

Hasn't that human being forfeited that right by polluting the earth, by risking his health through bad eating habits and by using year after year more than what the earth can provide?

Does a Western person have as much right to it as a person in a developing country who has never been guilty of that unbridled consuming, polluting and unhealthy behavior?

Right or Favor?

Do I have a RIGHT to live in a healthy environment? Or is life a FAVOR of nature, which I may enjoy as long as I behave nicely and don't make a mess of my body and my surroundings, and that of people around me and people far away?

I can get terribly irritated by the cries of Western people about their rights. Right to clean air, right to clean water, right to healthy food, right to... In my opinion, we in the 'developed countries' have long since forfeited all our environmental rights, and yet we continue as if the amount of available rights for us can never be exhausted.

Wake up, it's long run out. There is no clean water anymore, no clean air, no clean fertile land. Your rights, my rights, they all stop, where and when we abuse the rights of nature.

We spoiled children, we must earn our rights for today and tomorrow and the rights of humanity in the future. By sustainable living, by consuming significantly less, by cleaning up what we ourselves have polluted.

Right To Fly - I have the right to fly To grow, to prosper The right to be To raise offspring To feed you and others To be fed myself Who defends our rights? Surrealistic digital art, based on fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Right To Fly

General info on the artwork Right To Fly

'Right To Fly' is a new digital artwork in my collections 'Stray Birds' and 'Digital Art'.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

ALL WE NEED IS LESS CONSUMING

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

Want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free. Or simply choose Your Footprint in the menu

August 15, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Wandering Dreams

Wandering Dreams

Dreams wander 
between the trees,
waiting, longing
to be reborn as
common sense
in a new time

Many people dream of an earth that is safe and clean, that is treated with care so that it can give enough to all its inhabitants without becoming exhausted.
Only when all those dreams come to life in common sense and people take action to live differently will that dream become a reality.

Do you ever dream about that too? And what did you do today to make those dreams come alive?

I washed myself this morning with cold water, yesterday I grabbed my bike to go shopping. Then I covered a section of the vegetable garden where the harvest is finished with a layer of shredded garden waste. As food for the new sowing season next year, to cover the soil in its resting period against drying out and prevent the growth of too many weeds...

Wandering Dreams - Many people dream of an earth that is safe and clean, that is treated with care so that it can give enough to all its inhabitants without becoming exhausted. Only when all those dreams come to life in common sense and people take action to live differently will that dream become a reality. - Surrealistic digital artwork by Jacob Berghoef
Wandering Dreams

General info on the artwork Wandering Dreams

'Wandering Dreams' is a new digital artwork in my collections 'Secret Places' and 'Digital Art’↗️.

This digital artwork was created through a collaboration with Janet Akselrud↗️, here is her website↗️.
She generously gave me permission to use one of her digital artworks.
Thank you Janet, I hope you like the result !

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page↗️.

ALL WE NEED IS LESS CONSUMING

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

Want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free. Or simply choose Your Footprint in the menu

August 8, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Harvest Dance

Sun and rain have done their work
Barnacle geese dance above the fields
The harvest has begun

August heralds the beginning of the harvest season. In practice, we have been harvesting in our vegetable and fruit garden for several weeks, but the farmers around us are now gradually beginning to harvest the crops as well.

It feels to me like the beginning of the end of the growing season. It is not yet autumn, or in my words, nature's rest period has not yet begun; in fact, it is the busiest time of year for food-growing humans. But nature's task is almost over for this growing season, the fruits can be picked.

And in recent days we have seen the first flights of geese pass by, shuttling back and forth between the nature reserve where they spend the night, and the fields where harvesting has taken place, feeding on the scraps left by the harvesters.

Have they sensed that harvest time is beginning, and there is plenty of food for them?
I think so...

Harvest Dance - Sun and rain have done their work Barnacle geese dance above the fields The harvest has begun - Surrealistic impressionistic landscape digital art by Jacob Berghoef
Harvest Dance

'Harvest Dance' is a new digital artwork in my collection 'Wavy Fields'.
The photo of the fields in front of or house, which is the basis for this work, is made by Anuscka.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

July 25, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Autumn Sea

An autumn walk on the beach of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Wadden Islands on the north coast of the Netherlands. The weather is stormy, the waves break with large foam heads.

A digital painting, made of a photograph I made in 2011 on the beach of the island Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands.
Three digital layers melted together. Each of them ach with the same photo, two of them edited with color and texture, one with the original photo.

Autumn Sea - A digital painting, made of a photograph I made in 2011 on the beach of the island Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands. - Digital painting by Jacob Berghoef
Autumn Sea

This is a digital artwork, available as archival pigment print. Printed with high-quality ink on museum-quality, acid-free cotton/rag paper (Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth 305 g/sqm). The work comes as a Limited Edition of 10, signed and with a certificate of authenticity.

For these artworks, I start with one or more photographs made by myself. I edit it in multiple process runs and in several layers by color manipulation and adding and editing multiple digital photographic effects. I work on it until a surrealistic atmosphere is created that touches me and tells the story I want to tell.

The photograph(s) I begin with has/have an impressionistic, abstract or abstract realist style, which is the basis for all my work.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

July 18, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Summer Evening At The Pond

I sit on a stone,
on the east side of the pond

Staring at the water,
waiting.
Nobody understands why

All I want is to see how
the setting sun colors the flowers
in the ripples
of a summer breeze.

Summer Evening At The Pond - See the evening sun color the flowers, reflecting in the rippling water of the pond - Surrealistic digital artwork by Jacob Berghoef
Summer Evening At The Pond

'Summer Evening At The Pond' is a new digital artwork in my collections 'Secret Places' and 'Digital Art'.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page↗️.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

July 11, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Scorched Earth

[scorched]
adjective

UK  /skɔːtʃt/ US  /skɔːrtʃt/

slightly burned, or damaged by fire or heat

While the ice caps are melting and the oceans and seas are warming and being robbed and poisoned, man on land is not sitting still either. Or perhaps better to say, that's where the misery begins, because that's where man has settled and does most of his 'ingenuity'.

The Western world should really be called the 'land of never enough'.
There where consumption was invented, at the same time as growth for growth's sake and the 'creation of shareholder value', or profits that are never high enough.
Our addiction to money is so strong, that we are prepared to exhaust the earth for it, to destroy plants and animals and to make the world of the children and grandchildren of humanity hot, in many places even unbearably hot. 

Many people even think (still!) that the consequences of global warming will not be too bad. After all, we are smart, a technical solution will be found that will allow us to continue living the way we are used to...

Meanwhile, larger and larger parts of the earth are being scorched. Scorching by the ever-increasing temperatures. By spraying poison to make the yield of intensive agriculture as high as possible. By the emission of poison into the air, land and water as a by-product of our endless consumption. By the fires that rage around the world day in and day out as a result of increasing drought. By fires started by man to turn even more nature into monoculture with endless fields of genetically engineered crops on exhausted, diseased soil.

Scorched Earth - surrealistic digital art based on fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef. - A cry for climate action
Scorched Earth

You all know by now that a text like this accompanying a work of art is not quite my style. But sometimes you just have to stand outside, look up at the sky and scream really loud...

A cry for climate action...

'Scorched Earth' is a new digital artwork in my collections 'Secret Places' and 'Digital Art’↗️.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page↗️.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

July 1, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Touched By Dawn

Early morning after a cool night. The first rays of sunlight make a mist rise from the wet grass. Omens of a warm day....

A digital experiment with a photograph I made in 2018 in the floodplains of the river Waal near Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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Touched By Dawn - Early morning after a cool night. The first rays of sunlight make a mist rise from the wet grass. Omens of a warm day.... - Digitally transformed photograph, landscape art by  Jacob Berghoef
Touched By Dawn

This is a digital artwork, printed with high-quality ink on museum-quality cotton paper (Hahnemühle Photo Rag® 308gsm). The work comes in a limited edition of 10, signed and with a certificate of authenticity. Of course also available as Open Edition.

For these artworks, I start with one or more photographs made by myself. I edit it in multiple process runs and in several layers by color manipulation and adding and editing multiple digital photographic effects. I work on it until a surrealistic atmosphere is created that touches me and tells the story I want to tell.

The photograph(s) I begin with has/have an impressionistic, abstract or abstract realist style, which is the basis for all my work.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

June 21, 2022Comments are off for this post.

And Then The Sun Stood Still – Summer….

The word "solstice" comes from the Latin solstitium, which means "sun stands still," because it seems that the movement of the sun's path, whether north or south, stops for a few days before reversing. In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice means that the light is moving away from us. The days get shorter and darkness takes over again.

I love this time of the year, in which the whole cosmos seems to come to a standstill for a moment.

‘And Then The Sun Stood Still - Summer’ is a new artwork in my collection ‘Secret Places’. 

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And Then The Time Stood Still - Summer solstice, the sun seems to stand still for a few days, before it turns towards us again. - Impressionistic digital art by Jacob Berghoef
And Then The Time Stood Still - Summer

This is a digital artwork, printed with high-quality ink on museum-quality cotton paper (Hahnemühle Photo Rag® 308gsm). The work comes in a limited edition of 10, signed and with a certificate of authenticity. Of course also available as Open Edition.

For these artworks, I start with one or more photographs made by myself. I edit it in multiple process runs and in several layers by color manipulation and adding and editing multiple digital photographic effects. I work on it until a surrealistic atmosphere is created that touches me and tells the story I want to tell.

The photograph(s) I begin with has/have an impressionistic, abstract or abstract realist style, which is the basis for all my work.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

June 20, 2022No Comments

Travelers

Travelers

Dark sounds fill the void
A strong back breaks the waves
Travelers of the deep

But do humans never succeed in saving a species from extinction?
Of course they do, and the humpback whale is a good example.

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June 19, 2022No Comments

Blooming Forest

Blooming Forest

Bright sunlight dances 
Coral reefs breathe new colors
Old forests in bloom

Would coral reefs stand a chance in the future, protected by drowned temperate rain forests in warmed waters in now too cold areas?

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June 17, 2022No Comments

The Other World

The Other World

You ask me why I live
alone in the mangrove forest,
at the edge of the infinite sea.
I smile, I am silent
until even my soul grows quiet:
it lives in the other world, 
one that no one owns.
The trees bloom. 
The waves keep coming.

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June 16, 2022No Comments

Symbiosis

Symbiosis

Drowned forests
Nurturing seaweed
Symbiosis

Kelp forests are dense areas of kelp growth that occur near coastal waters. Kelps are ‘primary producers’ that modify the environment to create suitable habitat for a great diversity of species. Therefore they are known as foundational species.

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June 15, 2022No Comments

Bloom

Bloom

Pulsating blue
float gently between the trees
forest in bloom

I show you how I see the earth from, let's say, a few centuries from now. An amalgamation of the forests and the oceans. With hopefully in the distant future a rich ecosystem that has managed to adapt to the new conditions.

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June 14, 2022No Comments

Refuge

Refuge

Sea turtles
finding refuge
among old-growth

In the new collection Drowned Earth I show you how I see the earth of, say, a few centuries from now in this collection of new artworks.

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June 13, 2022No Comments

Swimming In Tears

Swimming In Tears

While trees cry
fish shed their tears
in endless waves

When I imagine what the earth will look like in 100 years, the image that comes to mind most emphatically is one of an earth with sharply rising sea levels.

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May 29, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Voices In The Trees

Yesterday I climbed up the hill
But halfway there, the wind and fog made climbing hard
The grass slippery with moisture,
and smelling of spring
A song helped me to continue on my way
Once at the top I used the moss as a pillow
while the voices of the wind in the trees soothed me to sleep.

Last Thursday morning Anuscka and I were intensely enjoying our introduction to Vietnamese coffee. We only drink 1 cup of coffee a day, so when you taste a fantastically beautiful coffee for the first time, you enjoy it with very small sips.
When my cup was empty, I looked, as always, at the "markings" the coffee grounds had left on the bottom. 
I grind and brew my coffee by hand, pouring it through a metal mesh filter, so there is always some sediment in there. Mmmmmm.... 🙂

The 'drawing' I saw fascinated me, and inspired me to create this artwork.

Inspiration

It is a great pleasure to mention here the 3 inspiring women who, without knowing it, participated in this creation. If you don't know them yet, visit their profile on LinkedIn and read what inspires them. Very worthwhile !

Niloofar mahafel, a wonderful painter from Iran, who trusts me to be her representative AND sent me many photos of the wonderful Iranian landscape. They are a huge inspiration ! No doubt she will recognize the picture of one of her beautiful landscapes in this artwork.

Daphne Nguyen, she introduced me to the coffee coming from her company's coffee farms in Vietnam. Anuscka and I love this coffee, the passion she and her colleagues have for coffee and the enormous commitment to the coffee farmers. I'm sure she never expected that her coffee would become the basis for an artwork...

Karina Mosser, a wonderful painter and a great person to work with. Recently she made a series of abstracts for me to use as background for my digital creations. Through a green abstract painting of hers, I managed to create a work that brings together Iran and Vietnam as a landscape for my "coffee tree".

Voices In The Trees - ...Once at the top of the hill I used the moss as a pillow, while the voices of the wind in the trees soothed me to sleep. - Digital artwork by Jacob Berghoef
Voices In The Trees

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

May 8, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Unending Dream

Noon.
No one around.
I walk this path,
deep
into spring.
An unending,
green dream.

A sunny, warm spring day. It is quiet in the forest, not a breath of wind, no one to be seen. As I walk deeper into the forest, the young greenery closes me off more and more from the busy world. I walk on slowly, as if in a dream....

'Unending Dream' is a new artwork in my collections 'The Narrow Path' and 'Digital Art'.

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Unending Dream - Noon. No one around. I walk this path, deep into spring. An unending, green dream. - Abstract surrealistic landscape art, based on fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef
Unending Dream

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

April 21, 2022Comments are off for this post.

First Kiss Of Light

A bright morning arrives fresh and new
Pine trees lean toward the first kiss of light
We walk together among the trees
as the sun climbs into a warm spring day

Go for a walk early in the morning and keep your eyes open for that first kiss !

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First Kiss Of Light - A bright morning arrives fresh and new ~Pine trees lean toward the first kiss of light ~We walk together among the trees ~as the sun climbs into a warm spring day - Surrealistic digital artwork based on fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
First Kiss Of Light

'First Kiss Of Light' is a new artwork in my collection ‘Secret Places’'.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

April 7, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Rooted

Stillness in your heart
The roots of a tree
in a November storm

In all the turmoil of the world, there are trees that remain standing perfectly straight. Offering protection and holding on no matter how severe the storm rages around them. Deeply rooted, connected to the earth and to the trees around them.
Find what connects you to the earth and to people around you, find your stillness. Cherish it and hold on to it. If something or someone doesn't bring you stillness, let go.

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Rooted - Stillness in your heart The roots of a tree in a November storm - Digital artwork based on a photograhp by Jacob Berghoef
Rooted

'Rooted' is a new surrealistic transformed photograph in my collection 'Secret Places'.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

March 14, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Newsletter #8: Speak out… and help who is in need !

If you follow me on LinkedIn, you've already seen over the past week that I've set up a fundraiser to help the people of Ukraine and those who fled the war in that country.
I will be donating the proceeds from a large series of artworks to the International Red Cross, and...

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Dreaming Of Peace - Dreams drowning in fear Hastily seeking the one that is called peace
Dreaming Of Peace

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the destructive path of ever more…

January 26, 2022Comments are off for this post.

In A Dream

In a dream

you came to me on the silver
of a winter morning

Without a sound

you disappeared
into the light

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In A Dream - In a dream you came to me on the silver of a winter morning. Without a sound you disappeared into the light - Abstract realistic digital art by Jacob Berghoef
In A Dream

'In A Dream' is a new digital artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 16, 2022Comments are off for this post.

Entwined

A tender kiss
our dreams
entwined

‘Entwined’ is a new artwork in my collection ‘Along The Bank’.

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Entwined - A tender kiss, our dreams entwined - Abstract and minimalistic digital art by Jacob Berghoef
Entwined

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

December 25, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Frozen Sunrise

My wife Anuscka and I do not celebrate Christmas.
So my wish for all of you is somewhat different from the traditional Christmas greeting:

I wish you silent days, with a light in your heart for the earth, for nature and for all the needy people.

Whatever you celebrate today, make it a beautiful, colorful day, and take a moment to think and care about all that is vulnerable and needy on this earth.

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Frozen Sunrise - The sun rises over e snowy forest. Whatever you celebrate today, make it a beautiful, colorful day, and take a moment to think and care about all who/what are/is vulnerable and needy on this earth. - Impressionistic digital art by Jacob Berghoef
Frozen Sunrise

'Frozen Sunrise' is a new digital artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'.

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

December 21, 2021Comments are off for this post.

And Then The Sun Stood Still

The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin solstitium meaning ‘Sun stands still’, because it seems that the movement of the Sun’s path, whether north or south, stops for a few days before reversing direction. On the Northern hemisphere, winter solstice means that the light returns: the sun turns towards us again. The days grow longer and the light regains its dominance.

I love this time of the year, in which the whole cosmos seems to come to a standstill for a moment.

I wish you peaceful dark days, filled with warmth, lights in the home and in the heart, and time to enjoy the silence and beauty of nature at rest. May we absorb a piece of that into our bodies and minds so that we can begin the new season of light full of energy.

‘And Then The Sun Stood Still’ is a new artwork in my collection ‘Secret Places’.

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And Then The Sun Stood Still - Winter solstice, the sun seems to stand still for a few days, before it turns towards us again. - Impressionistic digital art by Jacob Berghoef
And Then The Sun Stood Still

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

December 13, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Entangled In Sunlight

Branches entangled
Birds swallowed in sunlight
Even the leaves do not move
Fragrance of Summer

A warm day early in the summer, it is windless. The dense foliage filters the sunlight. Birds sing, but are invisible in the golden-green light.

'Entangled In Sunlight' is a new artwork in my collection 'The Narrow Path'.
For this artwork, I used one of my own impressionist photographs and a fragment of an abstract expressionist painting by the Canadian painter Jules D .
Thank you Jules, for allowing me to fuse fragments of your artwork with my photographs, to create a new work !

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Entangled In Sunlight - A warm day early in the summer, it is windless. The foliage filters the sunlight. Birds sing, but are invisible in the golden-green light. - Modern impressionistic digital artwork by Jacob Berghoef
Entangled In Sunlight

Prints are available, ask for a quote or contact me through a message. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

December 5, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Colorful Days

I have enjoyed converting a small selection of my forest photographs into intensely dark black and white artworks. They were of course meant to express my concern about the climate and the lack of climate action.

But they have also become a new way for me to look at my earlier work. After I finished the black and white works, I felt a great need to do something with colors. Much bolder colors than what you generally see in my work, sunsets excepted.
I asked myself: how do we prevent the forests from becoming as dark and gloomy as in the black-and-white photos. How do we bring back color where it is needed, and keep the colors that are still present from fading?

And then, Black Friday came into sight, so I read in various newsletters and posts on LinkedIn... The desire to make a statement against it was strong.

And so the series "Colorful Days" was born.

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Colorful Days - A call to restore and preserve the multi-coloured nature
Colorful Days

Preserving color by degrowth

It is an indictment of the greed for buying, the unbridled consumption that many people, living in so-called "developed countries," practice on a daily basis.
The works ask you and everybody who sees them the question, "What have you done to preserve my color, to restore colors where they are fading, to bring more color into the gray world that people create around them and where there is no place for nature anymore."

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Colorful Twilight - A call to restore and preserve the multi-coloured nature
Colorful Twilight

An appeal to you too

They call on you to boycott the increasing number of "black days" like Black Friday. Days that further fuel humanity's consumerism. They are telling you that living with nature, preserving and restoring nature, is only possible if Western man consumes significantly less. And what we consume, must be produced colorfully, that is, in harmony with nature.

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Colorful Evening - A call to restore and preserve the multi-coloured nature
Colorful Evening
Colorful Morning - A call to restore and preserve the multi-coloured nature
Colorful Morning

Availability

The series 'Colorful Days' is part of my collection 'Secret Places'.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio, ask for a quote or contact me through a message.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

November 11, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Whispers

Empty words echo over the earth
Lost in broken promises,
a sad song 
whispers between the trees

I am a thoroughly positive person, there is not much that can upset me. But there is 1 issue that I am genuinely very concerned about. Not for myself, I won't live to see it.
So today a post to express that....

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Whispers- Empty words echo over the earth. Lost in broken promises, a sad song  whispers between the trees. - Impressionistic fine art forestscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Whispers

'Whispers' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page, ask for a quote or contact me through a message.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

October 20, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Endless Road

This lonely road has no beginning, no end
The voice of the rain whispers among the leaves
A dying wind announces twilight
Almost Home

A dark gray day. It is beginning to get dark and the wind is finally abating. A curtain of rain obscures the view. But I know this road, I know we're almost home.

'Endless Road' is a new photo in my collection 'The Narrow Path'.
I made this photo in the beautiful old forest near the town of Tranekær on the island of Langeland, Denmark.

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Endless Road - A dark gray day. It is beginning to get dark and the wind is finally abating. A curtain of rain obscures the view. But I know this road, I know we're almost home. - Impressionistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Endless Road

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

October 19, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Moonlit Sail

A tranquil night. On the distant horizon appears a moonlit sail, slowly driven by a light breeze.

As you probably know, Karina Mosser and I have been collaborating in various ways in the creation of new artworks.

With this artwork "Moonlit Sail" we proudly present to you a new artwork in this unique series. Karina painted on a print of one of my photographs.

The photo is printed on museum quality Hahnemühle Photo Rag and Karina painted with ink and watercolor. The size is 14"x22", ±35x56cm.

The buyer of this original painting will receive it from Karina, of course she will sign it and add a certificate of authenticity.
Limited and Open edition prints are also available. I will sign the Limited editions and they also have a certificate. You can purchase them on Saatchi Art or directly from me.
Contact one of us if you are interested.

Moonlit Sail - A unique fusion of fine art photography and painting ! - A tranquil night, on the distant horizon appears a moonlit sail, slowly driven by a light breeze. - Painting on a fine art photo by Karina Mosser and Jacob Berghoef
Moonlit Sail

I made my minimalistic photo on a cloudy winter evening at the beach of the North Sea, south of the town of Agger in Denmark.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

August 26, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Scent Of The Night

The light slowly fades away,
not a sound to be heard
The scent of the night arrives

A special calm comes over the evening when the sun begins to disappear behind the horizon and the light of the day fades away. Nature awaits the night.
I love that quiet moment of the day and the scent that announces the coming of night.

'Scent Of The Night' is a photo in my collections 'Flat Lands' and 'Evening Falls'.
I made it in a small nature reserve near the city of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Scent Of The Night - A special calm comes over the evening when the sun begins to disappear behind the horizon and the light of the day fades away. Nature awaits the night. - Impressionistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Scent Of The Night

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page, ask for a quote or contact me through a message.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

August 23, 2021No Comments

Introspection (3)

The low tide
reveal what was hidden
introspection

A winter walk on the bank of the Limfjord, Denmark.
It's low tide, the bottom of the fjord becomes visible. The waves have left their marks, like every intense event in life...

'Introspection (3)' is an artwork in the collection "Along The Bank".

Introspection (3) - Low tide, reveal what was hidden - A winter walk on the bank of the Limfjord, Denmark. It's low tide, the bottom of the fjord becomes visible. The waves have left their marks, like every intense event in life... - Abstract realistic fine art seascape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Introspection (3)

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page, ask for a quote or contact me through a message.

ALL WE NEED IS LESS CONSUMING

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

Want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free. Or simply choose for Your Footprint in the menu.

August 19, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Burning Sunset

A week ago I posted about "Fotopentrito" and "Fotopentriti". Two words the American panter Karina Mosser and I coined to describe our new collaboration in painting on a photograph.

For this post, I had quickly put together a triptych. It consisted of a painting by Karina, a photo of myself and a digital fusion between the two.
The response on that triptych was so positive that I sat down to make it a real set of 3 artworks.

Here is the result, available as a triptych in any size. Besides that, the artworks are also for sale as three separate works, of course also in any size you desire.
And of course available as limited edition artworks or as open edition prints.

On the left a painting by Karina, on the right a photo by me, in the middle a digital blend of the two.

Burning Sunset - Abstract fine art by Karina Mosser and Jacob Berghoef
Burning Sunset - Abstract fine art by Karina Mosser and Jacob Berghoef
Burning Sunset - Part 1, painting by Karina - Abstract fine art by Karina Mosser and Jacob Berghoef
Burning Sunset - Part 1, painting by Karina
Burning Sunset - Part 2, digital fusion - Abstract fine art by Karina Mosser and Jacob Berghoef
Burning Sunset - Part 2, digital fusion
Burning Sunset - Part 3, photo by Jacob - Abstract fine art by Karina Mosser and Jacob Berghoef
Burning Sunset - Part 3, photo by Jacob

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page, ask for a quote or contact me through a message.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

June 16, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Escape Into Darkness

The sun passes through a crystal sphere
A rainbow escapes into darkness

In front of a small window in the west facade of our house, hangs a beautifully cut crystal ball of about 5 centimeters (2 inches) in diameter.
And every sunny evening when the sun is low above the horizon and its rays pierce the sphere, a fascinating spectacle unfolds in our room. Dozens of tiny, elongated rainbows decorate the floor and walls as they slowly float along with the sun until it sets.
I'm in love with this play of colors and I can't get enough of looking at the rainbow patches up close.
And now I'm happy to let you enjoy them with me !

Escape Into Darkness - Abstract expressionistic experimental photography by Jacob Berghoef - A rainbow of light
Escape Into Darkness

Available as Limited Edition artwork and as open edition prints, prices starting at € 50 / US$ 60, ask for a quote or contact me for a price.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

June 8, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Green Song

All day in the spring rain
Wandering between the trees
Birds sing a green song

Do you know the sound of green? Listen to the birds in the trees after the rain.
Do you know the scent of green? Take a stroll through a wet spring forest.

Two weeks ago we spent a few days on the beautiful island of Langeland. On a rainy day we went to the northern half of the island. Right after a huge downpour, we walked into a dense forest that looked so fairytale-like, sensual and intensely green, it didn't seem real. Everything was green, the color, the scent, the sounds….

'Green Song' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'.
I made this photo in the beautiful old forest near the town of Tranekær on the island of Langeland, Denmark.

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Green Song - Impressionistic fine art forestscape photography
Green Song

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page, ask for a quote or contact me through a message.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

June 8, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Here I Am

The second work in the collaboration with Tress.c

"Here I Am" is a darker work to show the bitter days, the tiring days where the light is the stronger element that conveys "she's not done yet, she's still putting herself through it."

See the previous news post for the first artwork.

Tress.c - Here I Am
Here I Am

Also visit Tress.c's website to see her portfolio (Instagram).

Limited edition artworks and Open edition prints available at Saatchi Art or send me a message.

© Tress.c and Jacob Berghoef

June 7, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Crying Pines

A fellow artist told me about her way of working in an introductory conversation via the LinkedIn messenger. I wrote "if you have any ideas for collaboration sometime, let's hear it". And I totally meant that, because I love working with other artists.

That she would answer within two seconds "Oh, I already do !", I did not quite expect...

Tress.c (Visual Narrative Art) is a special artist. Using her own photography with edits in multiple layers, she creates artworks that tell a story. A visual story about the life of her daughter, who lives with "invisible" disabilities in the form of complex neurological disorders.

And now, as a beginning of our collaboration, she has created two artworks, using one of my photographs. The result is a powerful diptych representing the healing power of nature for her daughter. The power that calms her body, mind and spirit.
Tress.c has chosen to create this diptych to show her daughter's innocence, her strength and that inner battle that shines brightly in her eyes. To show how she is fighting for her own life.

Here is the first artwork: Crying Pines. "Crying Pines", is full of light and calm, to show the victories, the peace in her daughter's heart and where she is facing the viewers, challenging them to look at her as a whole, not as a handicap.

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Tress.c - Crying Pines
Tress.c - Crying Pines

Also visit Tress.c's website to see her portfolio (Instagram).

Limited edition artworks and Open edition prints available at Saatchi Art or send me a message.

© Tress.c and Jacob Berghoef

June 5, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Tangled Trees

Trees tangled
together in green
A lonely road,
deep
into the woods
Shelter for the cold
May rain

A dark, chilly and rainy day in May. At some point the rain comes pouring down. But luckily, a beautiful lane with a tightly tangled canopy of leaves provides shelter.

'Tangled Trees' is a new artwork in my collection 'The Narrow Path'.
I made this photo in the beautiful old forest near the town of Tranekær on the island of Langeland, Denmark.

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Tangled Trees - Abstract realistic fine art forestscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Tangled Trees

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

May 14, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Dazzling Into The Light

The sound of a light breeze
Cherry blossom petals
dazzling into the light

Spring. A gentle breeze takes the petals of fading cherry blossoms into the light.

And now the cherry tree is also in bloom. A dozen bees and bumblebees are busy collecting pollen. There are not many bees, but they are here when the fruit trees bloom !

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Dazzling Into The Light - Impressionistic fine art flower photography by Jacob Berghoef
Dazzling Into The Light

'Dazzling Into The Light' is a new artwork in my collection 'Floral Souls'.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

May 12, 2021Comments are off for this post.

On Dragon Wings

Many, many times I have tried to make a photo in my style with my 'old' iPhone 4s. Especially early in the morning, when I walk the dog. Many hundreds of photos, and never there was one to my liking. Until, one beautiful morning, my movement of the phone was apparently quick and sure enough to successfully capture this flaming sunrise on dragon wings.

On Dragon Wings - Sunrise with flaming clouds - Impressionistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
On Dragon Wings

'On Dragon Wings' is a new artwork in my collection 'Wavy Fields'. I made it early in the morning while walking through the fields near my house.

Prints are available, contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

May 8, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Carry Away My Sorrows

You, harvester, who work so peacefully
Oh you, who harvest the wheat so peacefully
Harvest the sorrows from my soul
Harvest them and carry them away with you

I love Fado music and, more in general, Portuguese folk music.

One of the most beautiful Portuguese songs for me is Meu Alentejo sung by Dulce Pontes (see the link at the bottom of this post).
But even without knowing a translation of the lyrics (and I don't speak a word of Portuguese), this song really touched me the first time I heard it. And it still does...

Dulce is a singer who sings evocatively. Her voice is full of emotion. After I read the translation of the lyrics, I immediately saw a field before me with waving grain, ready to be harvested.
So I chose this artwork to go with the song by Dulce Pontes. A tribute to her, and to the region Alentejo she sings about.

The original lyrics and translation are also below the image.

Carry Away My Sorrows - Impressionistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Carry Away My Sorrows

'Carry Away My Sorrows' is a new artwork in my collection 'Wavy Fields'. I made it in the fields near the village Helligsø, North Jutland, Denmark.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Link to the song (Youtube)

The original lyrics:

Meu Alentejo

Eu não sei que tenho em Évora
Que de Évora me estou lembrando.
Quando chego ao rio Tejo
As ondas me vão levando...

Abalei do Alentejo,
Olhei para trás chorando.
Alentejo da minh'alma
Tão longe me vais ficando!

Ceifeira que andas à calma
Ai, e à calma ceifando o trigo
Ceifa as penas da minh'alma
Ceifa-as leva-as contigo

Abalei do Alentejo,
Olhei para trás chorando.
Alentejo da minh'alma
Tão longe me vais ficando!

English translation:

My Alentejo

I don't know what I left in Évora
That makes me remember Évora
When I reach the Tagus river
Its waves carry my soul away.

I suddenly left the Alentejo
And looked back, crying
Oh, Alentejo of my soul
You're so very far away from me!

You, harvester, who work so peacefully
Oh you, who harvest the wheat so peacefully
Harvest the sorrows from my soul
Harvest them and carry them away with you

I suddenly left the Alentejo
And looked back, crying
Oh, Alentejo of my soul
You're so very far away from me!

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

May 7, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Swirling Dance

Swirling Dance

Light drunken flowers
A swirling dance
in sun-drenched haze

Flowers of the Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet pea), seem to perform a whirling dance, drunk on sunlight.

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Swirling Dance - Abstract realistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Swirling Dance

Swirling Dance is a new artwork in my collection 'Floral Souls'.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

April 24, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Scent of Early Morning

A pine fragrance,
damp ground awakens
The first light
softly caresses the moss
A spring morning blends
with dark scents of the night

It's early in the morning. The first sunlight touches the moss between the trees. And as if the forest had been waiting for it, immediately the most wonderful scents rise up and mingle with the nightly smell of damp leaves and wood.

'Scent of Early Morning' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places‘.
I made this photo in the beautiful old forest ‘Dover plantage’ near the city of Hurup Thy, North Jutland, Denmark.

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Scent of Early Morning - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Scent of Early Morning

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

March 25, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Spring Sunset (4)

At the end of a gray spring day, a light breeze rises and the mist that has lain like a blanket over the land and sea all day disappears. A fairly dense cloud cover seems to conclude the day without sunshine.
But then a clear, cloudless sky appears on the horizon. I run outside with my camera, moments like this usually only last about 10 minutes....

'Spring Sunset (4)' is a new photo in my collection Evening Falls.

I made this photo at the end of a spring day, standing in the fields near my house in North Jutland, Denmark.

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Spring Sunset (4) - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Spring Sunset (4)

Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

March 19, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Misty Morning (2)

Morning breaks over the silent forest
Clouds of mist rise from the moss,
carrying the cold of a winter's night

On the threshold of spring, I walk through the woods early on a cold and misty morning. Shreds of mist rise from the ground, the day is beginning.

'Misty Morning (2)' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places‘.
I made it in the beautiful old forest ‘Dover plantage’ near the city of Hurup Thy, North Jutland, Denmark. Tall, stately spruces in a planted forest, but fortunately they are not in boring straight rows….

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Misty Morning (2) - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Misty Morning (2)

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

ALL WE NEED IS LESS CONSUMING

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

Want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free.
Interested? Take a look here

March 17, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Valley Of Dreams (2)

The sun disappears behind the mountain peaks,
cold winds torment the valley
and awake the dreams of this night

Another photo that I made on the occasion of the exhibition 'El Duende' in 2017. I made two series of photos in the mountains near Bellano, Italy. When making those series, the theme of the exhibition inspired me. I went looking for the spirit of mountains and valleys.
Duende is identified as the spirit of evocation, physical and emotional response elicited by art.
Having the Duende is having that thrill that makes you smile or cry when seeing a particularly expressive artistic performance.
The term is often used in folk music in particular in Flamenco, during the most intense performance.

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Valley of Dreams (2) - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Valley of Dreams (2)

'Valley Of Dreams (2)' is a new photo in my collection 'To The Top'.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

March 12, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Misty Morning

Morning breaks over the silent forest
Clouds of mist rise from the moss,
carrying the cold of a winter's night

On the threshold of spring, I walk through the woods early on a misty morning. Cold mist rises from the ground, the day is beginning.

'Misty Morning' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places‘.
I made it in the beautiful old forest ‘Dover plantage’ near the city of Hurup Thy, North Jutland, Denmark.

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Misty Morning - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Misty Morning

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

March 10, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Spirit Of The Valley (2)

I wandered through a valley of silence
that nobody ever touched before
In the dark of the evening
her spirit awoke
and filled my dreams

On the occasion of the exhibition 'El Duende' in 2017, I made two series of photos in the mountains near Bellano, Italy. When making those series, the theme of the exhibition inspired me. I went looking for the spirit of mountains and valleys.
Duende is identified as the spirit of evocation, physical and emotional response elicited by art.
Having the Duende is having that thrill that makes you smile or cry when seeing a particularly expressive artistic performance.
The term is often used in folk music in particular in Flamenco, during the most intense performance.

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Spirit Of The Valley (2) - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Spirit Of The Valley (2)

'Spirit Of The Valley (2)' is a new photo in my collection 'To The Top'.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

March 4, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Abandoned Forest

No one in the forest
Thoughts come and go, aloneness
Silence of the morning light

One foggy day, I go to a forest near our house. I hope it will be foggy in the forest too, unfortunately that turns out not to be the case. But the morning light and the silence in the deserted forest, create a special atmosphere. It gives space to let your thoughts run free.

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Abandoned Forest - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Abandoned Forest

'Abandoned Forest' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'.
I made it in the beautiful old forest ‘Dover plantage’ near the city of Hurup Thy, North Jutland, Denmark.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

February 26, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Portfolio on Saatchi Art

Did you know you can see my complete portfolio on Saatchi Art? Scroll through all 550+ works at your leisure, or choose 1 of 13 collections with a particular theme.

All my works are for sale as Original Artwork (Limited Edition). But also as (Open Edition) print starting at US$ 55. If you wish you can even have it framed.

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SaatchiArt 2021 Portfolio Jacob Berghoef
SaatchiArt 2021 Portfolio Jacob Berghoef

Please contact me if you have questions or special wishes.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

February 24, 2021No Comments

Colors Drowning

Floating on water
The last light of the sunset
Colors Drowning

On a walk on the shore along the fjord where we live, the sun emerges from behind the clouds just before it sets. An enchanting display of winter colors, slowly drowning in the calm waters of the fjord.

'Colors Drowning' is a new artwork in my collection Evening Falls.

I made this photo during a walk on the borders of the Limfjord, North Jutland, Denmark.

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Colors Drowning - Abstract realistic fine art seascape photograph by Jacob Berghoef
Colors Drowning

Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

ALL WE NEED IS LESS CONSUMING

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

Want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free. Or visit this page.

February 16, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Awakening Forest

Snow remnants melting
A soft breeze intoxicates me
The scent of a new morning

After a period of snow and frost, it has started to rain gently. The last remnants of snow melt, the damp forest breathes the fragrance of new life.

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Awakening Forest - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Awakening Forest

'Awakening Forest' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'. I made this photo in the beautiful forest Dover Plantation, near the town of Hurup Thy in Denmark.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

February 12, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Hidden dreams

Among the withered reeds,
shivering in winter winds,
cold water hides the dreams
of a summer long gone by

Soft waving reeds in a chilly breeze. The ripples on the icy water make it hard to see anything below the surface. An ideal hiding place for dreams…

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Hidden Dreams - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photograph by Jacob Berghoef
Hidden Dreams

'Hidden Dreams' is a new artwork in my collection 'Along The Bank'.
I made it during a bike ride along the lake Ørum Sø, North Jutland, Denmark.

Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

February 11, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Winter Sunset (9)

Not quite a sunset yet, but close.
When the sun pierces through the cloud cover in winter, I have to take my chance. Too often the sun disappears behind a thick gray blanket immediately after briefly showing itself, only to show its face again the next day (or even a few days later). And if it also feels like the sun kisses the world before going to sleep, I have another good reason to quickly make a series of photos....

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Winter Sunset (9) - Abstract realistic fine art seascape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Winter Sunset (9)

'Winter Sunset (9)' is a newly added photo to my collection 'Evening Falls'. I made it standing on the dunes, north of the town of Agger.

Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

February 9, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Golden Haze

And now the day is over,
fragile silence rises from the ground
Sunlight swirls through the forest
plays with old trees in a golden haze

I made this photo during an evening walk through the beautiful forest Dover Plantage, near the town of Hurup Thy in North Jutland, Denmark.

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Golden Haze - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Golden Haze

'Golden Haze' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'. Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

February 6, 2021No Comments

A Crack In The Sky

Shattered daylight
The night is approaching
through a crack in the sky

Sunset on a clear winter day. The sky shatters like glass, to allow the night to enter this side of the earth.

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A Crack In The Sky - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
A Crack In The Sky

‘A Crack In The Sky’ is a new photo in my collection 'Evening Falls'. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.


ALL WE NEED IS LESS CONSUMING

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on your actions to support the wellbeing of the earth and everything that lives on it, on what humanity loses when many of us continue on the destructive path of ever more greed and consuming, on how you can survive in this rapidly changing world…

Want to know your ecological footprint? 

Visit this website: https://www.footprintcalculator.org/home/en 

Want to reduce your ecological footprint?

Ask me, I will help you. For free. Take a look here.

February 4, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Unfinished Dreams

Early morning light
Patches of unfinished dreams
float towards eternity

The soft light conjures vague veils between the trees, like pieces of dreams floating into eternity upon awakening.

Unfinished Dreams - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Unfinished Dreams

'Unfinished Dreams' is a new artwork in my collection 'The Narrow Path'.
I made this photo during a walk through the beautiful forest Dover Plantage, near the town of Hurup Thy in North Jutland, Denmark.

Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.


Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

February 3, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Burning Sunset (4)

In a burning sunset,
the last breath of the day
welcomes the night

A cold evening at the end of a heavily cloudy, gray winter day. Just before the sun sets, the clouds open up allowing the light for a brief but intense moment to say hello to the night.

Sunset over the North Sea, seen from the hamlet in North Jutland, Denmark, where I live.

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Burning Sunset (4) - Abstract realistic fine art seascape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Burning Sunset (4)

‘Burning sunset (4)’ is a newly added photo to my collection 'Evening Falls'. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.


Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 31, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Lost

Colors disappear in the mist
I am overwhelmed by silence,
alone, afraid that I've lost my way
But then I realize, to find the way
is to stop looking

A gray, foggy day. A day like so many, where you only see vague outlines of the path you are walking. The silence and lack of sight are oppressive at first. Until you regain peace and confidence, and let the trees guide you.

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Lost - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Lost

'Lost' is a new artwork in my collection 'The Narrow Path'. Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

I made this photo on a gray rainy day on a path near a canal in the vicinity of the city of Nijmegen in The Netherlands.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 30, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Floating On Frozen Silence

Bare trees, floating on frozen silence
A cold morning breeze caresses your face
Footsteps gently break the fresh snow

It's early in the morning. It has been snowing all night, there is no one else in the forest. Carefully you take a step into the fresh snow….

I made this photo in the beautiful forest Dover Plantation, near the town of Hurup Thy in Denmark.

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Floating on Frozen Silence - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Floating on Frozen Silence

'Floating On Frozen Silence' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'. Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 20, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Lonely morning

A lonely cold morning
Footsteps muffled
Endless carpet of stillness

Fresh snow, as far as the eye can see. The forest looks spacious, light, and larger than usual. It is quiet, and the world feels deserted. Only the muffled crunch of my footsteps in the fresh snow.

After two years without 'real' snow, last week we had a few centimeters of snow. A wonderful moment to enjoy the silence of a white forest.

I made this photo in the beautiful forest Dover Plantation, near the town of Hurup Thy in Denmark.

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Lonely Morning - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Lonely Morning

'Lonely Morning' is a new artwork in my collection 'The Narrow Path'. Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 19, 2021Comments are off for this post.

In Daylight

Embrace the joy of daylight
Find comfort in the bright light
of a fresh breeze and the winter sun

Our day with no screens, no internet and (almost) no electricity was a breath of fresh air.

Literally, because we took a long walk. Figuratively, because we reflected and talked about our online time and use of electrical devices. Even in our minimalistic household, this generated several immediately implementable ideas, providing peace of mind, time for reflection, time to do different things for a change, and saving on our CO2 emissions.

So we will continue to do this. One day i-off and e-off every week.
We can heartily recommend it, if only to become aware of your i-use and e-use and the alternatives that are available.

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In Daylight - Experimental photography by Jacob Berghoef
In Daylight

Artwork: In Daylight (Inverted version of the artwork 'In Darkness')
The setting sun seen through a dense forest

'In Daylight' is a new artwork in my collection 'Quest For The Light'. I made this photo in the beautiful forest Dover Plantation, near the town of Hurup Thy in Denmark.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 17, 2021Comments are off for this post.

In Darkness

Embrace the silence of darkness
Find comfort in the scant light
of a candle and the winter sun

Anuscka and I decided to spend a day "in darkness" every week. Figuratively speaking that is, it will be a day with minimal use of electricity and no use of the internet, and screens in general.

Why? Because we are curious to see how we like it. Because we want to spend less time behind screens. Because we would like to have a recurrent period of silence and reflection. Because using very little electricity for a day contributes significantly to reducing our CO2 footprint...

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In Darkness - Experimental photography by Jacob Berghoef
In Darkness

Photo: In Darkness
The setting sun seen through a dense forest

'In Darkness' is a new artwork in my collection 'Quest For The Light'. I made this photo in the beautiful forest Dover Plantation, near the town of Hurup Thy in Denmark.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 15, 2021Comments are off for this post.

White Dawn

Falling snow muffles the moans of breaking waves.
A white silence rises from the morning twilight.
The snow-covered beach welcomes the day.

A walk on a virgin white beach on the first day this winter that snow has fallen. It's cold, quiet and breathtakingly beautiful… What a fantastic way to start a new day !

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White Dawn - Abstract realistic fine art seascape photography by Jacob Berghoef
White Dawn

'White Dawn' is a new artwork in my collection 'Infinite Sea'. I made this photo on the North Sea beach near the town of Agger, North Jutland, Denmark.

Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 11, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Frozen Scent

First snowflakes falling
The cold breeze is scattering
frozen scent of pines

After two years without 'real' snow, some snow fell in northwest Jutland earlier this week. Above that, it was cold enough for a few days to enjoy the white landscape.
A wonderful moment for a walk in a forest. The delicate scent of damp pine trees is dispersed through the forest by an icy breeze.

I made this photo in the beautiful forest Dover Plantation, near the town of Hurup Thy in Denmark.

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Frozen Scent - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art nature photography by Jacob Berghoef
Frozen Scent

'Frozen Scent' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'. Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

January 7, 2021Comments are off for this post.

Wings Of Light

Bare trees whisper
The evening arrives
on wings of light

Golden wings of light move slowly through the cold evening air, bringing the last light of the day into the darkening forest.

A walk through the beautiful forest Dover Plantage, near the town of Hurup Thy in North Jutland, Denmark.

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Wings Of Light - Impressionistic fine art forestscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Wings Of Light

'Wings Of Light' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places'. Prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

December 24, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Autumn Evening

I see a gray day
drowning in the last light
Autumn evening

During a long walk in a dark and grey forest, the sun briefly breaks through just before sunset. A perfect start to an autumn evening...

Autumn Evening - Impressionistic fine art forestscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Autumn Evening

'Autumn Evening' is a new photo in my collection 'Secret Places'.

Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

December 12, 2020Comments are off for this post.

MJR Gallery: Duende

A duende is a fairy- or goblin-like mythological creature from Spanish, Portuguese and South American folklore. Duendes also have some traits similar to goblins and kobolds.

The Duendes are forest spirits. They help people who get lost in the forest, so that they will find their way home.
In time, the Duende is also the spirit of evocation. The physical and emotional response, elicited by art. So having the Duende is equivalent to that thrill that makes you smile or cry in front of a particularly expressive artistic performance.

I made 'Duende' with an old analog camera. It was the first impressionistic forestscape photo with that camera.
A sunny morning on a path in a forest, near the city of Nijmegen in The Netherlands. The sunlight seems to dance across the path. It moves quickly from tree to tree. As a spirit that keeps an eye on me to see if I'm doing okay.

Limited Edition prints in 6 sizes are available in my collection in the online art gallery MJRGallery.com

Duende - Impressionistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Duende

Duende - impressionistic forestscape photography - Visit MJR Gallery or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

December 1, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Nebulae

A bright white light? Eternal darkness?

It is my conviction that after our death our spirit, our soul, travels to its origin somewhere in the universe. Once arrived, our energy is reunited with the energy from which everything around us once originated.

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Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (4)

As we know from the beautiful photographs taken by the Hubble telescope, the energy visible to us in the universe consists of light from countless stars. This light illuminates enormous gas nebulae in many fascinating colors. This is how I like to see myself. As a very small colored particle of dust. After leaving this physical existence, this particle returns to such an infinitely large, multicolored cloud of gas and dust.

The way there is an enchanting journey through space. Alternating between silent darkness and clouds full of light, color and tranquilizing sounds. After that long, fascinating journey, we arrive at our designated spot in that infinite space.

Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (1)

In the project Nebulae I wanted to visualize that journey. That is how a series of abstract photographic artworks came into being. Made by transforming nine abstract realistic photographs of sunsets over the North Sea along the coast of the Thy region, North Jutland, Denmark.

The series ‘Nebulae’ will have its own, new collection on Saatchi Art. Limited and open edition prints are available there, or contact me for a quote.

As soon as one of the artworks has been added to my Saatchi Art portfolio, you will be able to visit the page of that artwork by clicking on the image.

Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (2)
Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (3)
Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (5)
Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (6)
Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (7)
Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (8)
Nebulae - Photographic art based on abstract realistic photographs made by Jacob Berghoef
Nebulae (9)

Nebulae - Abstract photographic art. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork pages or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

November 21, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Burning Sunset (3)

In a burning sunset,
the last breath of the day
welcomes the night

A cold evening at the end of a heavily cloudy, gray day. Just before the sun sets, the clouds open up allowing the light for a brief but intense moment to say hello to the night.

Sunset over the North Sea, seen from the hamlet in North Jutland, Denmark, where we live.

Burning Sunset (3) - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography
Burning Sunset (3)

‘Burning sunset (3)’ is a newly added photo to my collection 'Evening Falls'. Prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

November 17, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Song Of The Leaves

In the autumn sun
Voices in the forest sing
In the rising haze

After many days of rain, the late afternoon sun shines almost horizontally through the damp forest. It is quiet, except for a soft rustling, a song of the last leaves of the trees…

A walk through the beautiful forest Dover Plantage, near the town of Hurup Thy in North Jutland, Denmark.

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Song Of The Leaves - Impressionistic fine art forestscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Song Of The Leaves

'Song Of The Leaves' is a new artwork in my collection 'The Narrow Path', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

November 14, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Nordic Sunset (5)

A very cold winter afternoon, the sun almost sets. It is a bit cloudy, but clear. And clouds that veil the setting sun, provide the most beautiful colors when the sun goes down. A typical color palette for a Nordic sunset.

Sunset over the slightly frozen Limfjord, 7 years ago. We haven't had heavy frost and snow since that winter, here in North Jutland, Denmark…

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Nordic Sunset (5) - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography
Nordic Sunset (5)

'Nordic Sunset (5) is a new artwork in my collection 'Evening Falls', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

November 12, 2020Comments are off for this post.

The Last Light

Golden flakes of light float through the cold evening air, bringing the last light of the day into the darkening forest.

A walk through the beautiful forest Dover Plantage, near the town of Hurup Thy in North Jutland, Denmark.

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The Last Light - Impressionistic fine art forestscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
The Last Light

'The Last Light' is a new artwork in my collection 'Secret Places', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

Through my artworks I ask you to reflect for a moment on the nature around you, on the beautiful feeling that nature can evoke, on what we lose when we continue on the road of 'never enough'.

November 11, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Featured on Saatchi Art: Stormy Sea

My artwork Stormy Sea is featured in Saatchi Art's New This Week 11-09-2020. See the links below the image.

An autumn walk on the beach of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Wadden Islands on the north coast of the Netherlands. The weather is stormy, the waves break with large foam heads.

Stormy Sea - Impressionistic fine art seascape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Stormy Sea

Link to the feature

Direct link to the artwork

November 8, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Voices Of The Trees

In the autumn sun
Voices in the forest whisper
From the rising haze

After many days of rain, the late afternoon sun shines almost horizontally through the damp forest. It's quiet, except for a soft whisper from the trees…

A walk through the beautiful forest Dover Plantage, near the town of Hurup Thy in North Jutland, Denmark.

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Voices Of The Trees - Impressionistic fine art forestscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Voices Of The Trees

'Voices Of The Trees' is a new artwork in my collection 'The Narrow Path', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

November 7, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Nordic Sunset (4)

A cold winter afternoon, the sun almost sets. It is foggy. And fog, like clouds, provide the most beautiful colors when the sun goes down. A typical color palette for a Nordic sunset.

Sunset over the slightly frozen Limfjord, 7 years ago. We haven't had heavy frost and snow since that winter, here in North Jutland…

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Nordic Sunset 4 - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography.
Nordic Sunset 4

'Nordic Sunset (4)' is a photo in the collection 'Evening Falls', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

November 6, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Encounter

The wind whispers
where land encounters the sea
All sounds fade away

'Encounter' is a photo to the collection 'Wavy Fields'

I made this photo in early spring in the nature reserve Nationalpark Thy in northwest Jutland, Denmark.
This part of the nature reserve is called Hanstholm Vildtreservat (Hanstholm wildlife reserve).
On the horizon you can see a light blue stripe: the North Sea.

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Encounter - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Encounter

'Encounter' is a photo in the collection 'Wavy Fields', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

November 3, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Featured on Saatchi Art: Autumn Sea

My artwork Autumn Sea is featured in Saatchi Art's New This Week 11-02-2020. See the links below the image.

An autumn walk on the beach of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Wadden Islands on the north coast of the Netherlands. The weather is stormy, the waves break with large foam heads.

Autumn Sea - Impressionistic fine art seascape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Autumn Sea

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November 3, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Autumn Sunset (9)

The last autumn sunset artwork in this series. The wind is strong, clouds drift quickly along the sky, rushing to catch the last rays of light.

Sunset over the dunes along the North Sea and the bay Krik Vig, part of the Limfjord. I made this photo standing in the fields near the hamlet where I live.

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Autumn Sunset (9) - Abstract expressionistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Autumn Sunset (9)

'Autumn Sunset (8)' is a photo in the collection 'Evening Falls', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

November 1, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Shrouded (5): Bend Into The Night

Darkness falls,
the grass caresses the last light
and bends into the night.

The fifth and last photo in an abstract series of a sunset, using high grass as a filter for the bright light of the setting sun.

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Bend Into The Night - Abstract expressionistic fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef
Bend Into The Night

'Shrouded (5): Bend Into The Night' is a photo in the collection 'Evening Falls'. Prints are available in my portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

October 31, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Wandering Soul

Through dusk and silence,
wandering over deserted beaches

'Wandering soul' is an analog photo that I made during an evening walk on the beautiful North Sea beach near the town of Agger, North Jutland, Denmark.

I made this photo with an old Canon FTb SLR camera and a film with a 'best-before date' that is long gone...

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Wandering Soul - Abstract realistic and impressionistic fine art seascape photography
Wandering Soul

'Wandering Soul* is an artwork in my collection 'Infinite Sea', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

October 30, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Light of Emptiness

Silent shadows
push me to the light
Emptiness
whispers my name

'Light Of Emptiness' is an artwork in a four-part black and white project. In this project I photographed tree lanes as a charcoal like sketch.

I made this photo on a gray rainy day in May on a path between a canal and the fields, in the vicinity of the city of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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Light Of Emptiness - Impressionistic and minimalistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Light Of Emptiness

'Light Of Emptiness' is an artwork in my collection 'The Narrow Path', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page or contact me for a quote.

October 27, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Autumn Sunset (8)

The sun has set, the water of the fjord rapidly takes on the cold color of the night. Thin cloud veils seem to swallow up the colors of the sunset, until it's dark.

Sunset over the dunes along the North Sea and the bay Krik Vig, part of the Limfjord.

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Autumn Sunset (8) - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Autumn Sunset (8)

'Autumn Sunset (8)' is a photo in the collection 'Evening Falls', prints are available in my Saatchi Art portfolio at the artwork page.

October 25, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Autumn Morning

Lost in the soft voices of the wind
as I wander through the fields
into the colors of this autumn morning

On a beautiful morning I wandered through the fields along the bay Krik Vig, part of the Limfjord. Except for the rustling of the wind and a single bird, it's quiet…

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Autumn Morning - Abstract realistic fine art landscape photography by Jacob Berghoef
Autumn Morning

'Autumn Morning' is a photo in the collection 'Wavy Fields', prints are also available in my Saatchi Art portfolio and at the artwork page.

October 23, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Shrouded (4)

Darkness falls, grassy forms shatter into solar tears at the color-shrouded end of the day A new photo in an abstract series of a sunset, using high grass as a filter for the bright light of the setting sun. Text continues below the photo
Shrouded (4) - Abstract expressionistic fine art photography by Jacob Berghoef
Shrouded (4)
'Shrouded (4)' is a photo in the collection 'Evening Falls', prints are available in my portfolio at the artwork page.

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