Koos van der Lende | Panoramic Landscape Photography
Panoramic fine art photography collection featuring magnificent trees, desert and seascape pictures captured by a master landscape photographer. In a world of digital photography, De Lende still shoots on traditional photographic film, which is processed and scanned, to create unbelievably high quality prints.
Evidence of Mankind
Black and White
Tree and Forest
River and Ocean
Water Pear Collection
KOOS VAN DER LENDE'S intensely personal engagements with the environment underpin his status as a leading
South African landscape photographer. Born in Pretoria, South Africa (1955), he immigrated to the Netherlands with
his Dutch parents in 1971. After completing his studies at the School of Photography in The Hague, he visited the
country of his birth in 1977. The experience prompted him to return on a more permanent basis, and in 1983 he
immigrated back to South Africa. He spent the next two decades working as a commercial photographer. In 2002
he decisively abandoned the confines of a studio environment for the outdoors, where he spends most of his year
photographing series of limited edition work. Van der Lende’s portfolio is a testimony of his formidable artistic talent
and an unrelenting dedication to the art of photography. Working from Pretoria, he mostly shoots in panoramic format
using the time-honoured film and darkroom processing techniques. The large vistas his camera records are technically complex. Van der Lende spending days, sometimes even weeks, researching the ambience of each potential composition. Typically, his pictures blend natural and artificial lighting sources, with minimal intervention afterwards during the printing and reproduction of his spectacular prints. The photographer imbues the picturesque quality of his landscapes with an added layer of spiritual intensity, although Van der Lende is by no means prescriptive in enforcing this view. Modesty is central to both his character and his work, which in itself records an awestruck moment of humility and wonder.