Preparated Nature

Is there any genuine nature left in the Netherlands?

‘Preparated Nature’ investigates the Dutch vision on nature management and conservation. Most nature in the Netherlands is constructed. Wildlife is allocated to certain area’s, the animals are fed in winter and dead trees are not removed in order to make nature ‘more natural’.

In this series Dutch nature is portrayed in a way that highlights human intervention. Does the Dutch approach turn nature into a museum?

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Butterflies
Fresh Butterflies

Newly hatched butterflies wait for their wings to dry in an incubater in Artis greenhouse. 2013
Butterflies
Dead Wood
Purposeful Deadwood

Dead Wood is Left to decompose. It enhances biodiversity. 2014
Dead Wood
White Wolf
Contrasting the Dirt

Sleeping wolf in the Berlin Zoo. It’s white fur contrasts the dirt. 2012
White Wolf
Highland Lowland Cow

Herds of Highland Cows are placed in the Dutch Dunes where they are allowed to roam free. 2013
Lonely Sheep
Lost Sheep

Lonely Sheep in the Forest trying to catch up with the Herd.
Lonely Sheep