Bernard Castelein – 100 Landscapes
Belgian photographer Bernard Castelein has for the last few years been working on a project called 100 Landscapes. This focuses on the woodland, grassland and heathland region Kleine Schietfeld, close to the town where he lives in northern Belgium.
Varied animal and plant life within reach of the city
The Kleine Schietfeld area is a valuable resource for the citizens of Antwerp and Belgium’s other cities. Importantly, in a densely populated country, it offers three resources to the local people. Firstly the chance to exercise, secondly the ability to enjoy fresh air and to finally the opportunity to see wildflowers and wildlife. What’s more, animals are used to the presence of people and are less wary than in more remote regions.
New book and multimedia outputs
His evocative images feature in a new book and many also featured in an exhibition in the town of Brasschaat. Unfortunately but necessarily the exhibition had to close prematurely due to measures to protect people from the coronavirus outbreak. A scheduled concert featuring specially commissioned music will now be postponed to January 2021. As Bernard told us, this was hardest for the musicians, the Bram Weijters Trio, who had 25 concert cancellations. Of course, they look forward to performing the piece live next year.
Bernard tells us more about how the project came about
“I had previously travelled extensively worldwide in pursuit of photographic subjects. However, I wanted to see what I could achieve in the more challenging conditions of Belgium. So I decided that I would focus for my next project exclusively on photography that I could realise in my own region, close to home. ”
“During the first stage of preparation for the project I was invited by two nature photographers associations to give a lecture on landscape photography. Although the lectures were well received, my suspicion was confirmed. Many nature photographers seem to regard landscape photography as some kind of poor relation. After taking the most stunning pictures of the rarest animals, they realise on the last day of their stay that they should also shoot some landscapes. At least this will prove where they have been! This may be an exaggeration, but it contains a grain of truth…”
“So the focus for my next project became even narrower. Namely to photograph close at home, no more than 15 km from where I live. And only landscapes, landscapes, landscapes! ”
View Bernard’s photographer gallery and 100 Landscapes print gallery
Many of the images from the book feature in our Bernard Castelein photographer gallery . And we have also created a special gallery called 100 Landscapes on our print site, from which you can order a printed gift or a framed print for your wall.
Order a book
The hard cover book, published in Belgium in Dutch language, is entitled 100 Landschappen. At a format of 34.5 x 23 cm (landscape shape), it has 112 pages and – surprise, surprise! – 100 photos. It costs 45€ plus delivery. If you would like to order a copy, use the email address below: email@example.com.