ERIK HIJWEEGE

Erik Hijweege (1963) decided to follow his heart and change his career to become a photographer in 1998. Since then he has been working on personal and commissioned work.
In his personal work Hijweege has shown himself to be an explorer, navigating through nature, always with a camera at hand. Switching from 19th century cameras and wet plate collodion technique to high-end digital cameras. This in order to meet his artistic needs. He is fascinated by nature, with its romantic beauty and it’s overwhelming power. He is duly worried by the multiple threats for our natural surroundings.
Erik started chasing big weather and tornadoes in 2006. His first encounter with ‘the sublime’ being an aesthetic concept of beauty that is grand and dangerous.
This 18th and 19th century romantic concept became leading in Hijweege’s work. Supercells, waterfalls, houses in desolate environments all show the power of nature and the insignificance of humans.
In 2013 Hijweege started using the 19th century wet plate collodion process for his personal work. He used this old process for two projects on Endangered species. This resulted in the Endangered book as well as two exhibitions in the Dutch natural history museum. For his ongoing project capturing uncharted territories he also uses this old wet plate technique as it has a direct link to the era of discoveries.
His most recent project Nibelungen is created in the Netherlands. This project focusses on the beautiful formations in the sky by hundreds of thousands of starlings.

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Tempest

Tower 1 Thunderbasin Grassland Wyoming, 2018
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Monsoon-Storm-Lordsburg-New-Mexico, 2018
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Mothership-Dimmit-Texas, 2018
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Tower 2 Thunderbasin Grassland Wyoming, 2018
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Monsoon-Storm-Patagonia-Arizona, 2018
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Mothership-Valentine-Nebraska, 2018
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Mothership-Seneca-New-Mexico, 2018
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Mothership-Hoisington-Kansas, 2018
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Mothership-MIitchell-Kansas, 2018
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Remote

Remains of the Day
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The Lake above the Ocean
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The Last Resort
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First Snow
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The Old Man and The Sea
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West of The Moon/span>
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A New Dawn
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The Last Resort
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The Wind of Winter
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North by North West
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The Sand Castle
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Nibelungen

Vivace
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Placido
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Vigoroso
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Prima Donna
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Libero
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Soave
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Umuyaga
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Arashi
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Agile
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Volante
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Acapella
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Mobile
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Tenereza
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Dawil
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Tempesta
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Alegro
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Cadenza
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Bassa
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Crescendo
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Con Forza
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Hadari
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Tutti le Corde
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Myrsky
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