Working on Mont Blanc – Meeting a Deadline

Whilst on a recent trip to Chamonix, France, I answered a phone call from my client Elegance Magazine. They urgently needed the hi-res images of a travel story I had shot for them to meet their five o’clock deadline. The call came while I was high up on the Aiguille de Midi on Mont Blanc. No problem; a quick cable car to the valley bottom, open my laptop, access my online archive and send off the images. With plenty of time to spare before Happy Hour at the bar.

Watch out for the article in the April issue of Elegance.

(photo: Anna Keenan)

Two for One Coffee at Impacting Environments Exhibit

Hey Amsterdammers and/or people traveling through ludwigAmsterdam, my photography exhibit ‘Impacting Environments’ is entering its’ second month at Coffee Bar Ludwig. Thanks to Coffee Bar Ludwig, for a limited time, you can get ‘2-4-1’ coffee voucher valid for the period of my exhibit. To do so, simply sign up to my e-news letter using the form below or head on over to my Facebook page and use the form there. Then print out the final ‘Welcome’ email and present it when ordering your coffee.

Ludwig is located at 547 Eerste van Swindenstraat, Amsterdam Oost. Exhibition ends Dec. 9th so hurry. Only one usage per customer.

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Up Up and Away – Nepal

Tommorrow I leave for Nepal.

Nepali/Dutch artist Shiva Rimal and I are off to work on our collaborative art project Climate Oxide. It is a documentation of climate change impacts around the world using photography, steel and rust. We will visit various climate adaptation projects, trek in the Himalayas and take part in the Moving Planet action in Kathmandu on September 24.

About the Project

Robert van Waarden and Shiva Rimal create items of visual art using the mediums of photography, steel, and rust. Their current project, Climate Oxide, uses this art form to symbolize how climate change is impacting our world. Reflecting on their heritage, Nepali and Canadian born artists with Dutch nationality, they will personalize the climate issue to the viewer by visualizing the impacts on their individual environments.

The combination of this aesthetic art form and story is unique and is interesting for a wide audience. Publications and galleries/outlets are invited to contact the artists for more information and to explore opportunities to display the resulting body of work.

Stay tuned for more. I will return in the first week of October.

Prague Photography – Quiet Moments in a Heart of Tourism

This morning I returned from Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. What a beautiful city! It has been 10 years since I looked down on the town from the castle. It has also been a while since I shared the streets with so many tourists. Prague is the premier tourism destination in central Europe. Everyone and their family was out on the sunny Saturday afternoon that I took my 85mm for a walk. Below are the moments of calm that I captured from the hustle. I hope you enjoy.

Giants Causeway – Northern Ireland Photography

I just returned from a small trip in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Most of the time was spent working on my latest project, Force, a focus on people living with Wind Energy. However, I did manage to take in the UNESCO World Heritage Giants Causeway one cloudy morning. I wanted to share a few of the images of these amazing geological formations.

The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland


The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland


The Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, foreground decomposing seaweed pond

Utrecht Photography 2 of 2 – Kayaking on the Canals

Yesterday I posted a panorama photograph of Utrecht city center as part of a two part blog post on photography in Utrecht. This is the second post.

Recently I took the opportunity to head out with some dear friends and kayak around the canals of Utrecht. With boats graciously provided by Kanoverhuur Utrecht, we paddled under canal bridges, watched the autumn leaves fall on our heads and explored the city from a new angle. I would recommend that anytime you are traveling and get a chance to see a city from the water, take it. It is a fantastic experience, especially in Holland where you can explore all the small canals and back waterways that you would never discover. I hope that you enjoy this gallery of images from Utrecht and our kayak on the canals.


Kayaking on the Canals in Utrecht, Holland – Images by Robert vanWaarden

Utrecht Photography 1 of 2 – Nightime Panorama

I love the city of Utrecht, the Netherlands. It is small enough to feel like a village, is within easy train access to Amsterdam, and feels much more ‘Dutch’ then its’ bigger brother to the North. Photographing the wonderful canals and city is a great pleasure, especially at night when the lights sparkle off the water. I wanted to take this opportunity to share two images / projects that I have been working on. This is the first, a Panorama of Utrecht, including the DOM tower in the background. I hope that you enjoy it. Check back tomorrow for the second set of images from Utrecht.

To license this image click here.

Panorama – Rub’ Al Khali, Oman

I invite you to step into the Rub’ Al Khali of Oman via this panorama. 300m high sand dunes for endless kilometers, the Rub’ Al Khali, (the Empty Quarter), is quite simply one of the natural wonders of our world. The hot valley floors are littered with geodes, the silence is incredible and the endless shifting dunes will allow your imagination to run wild.

This panorama was created while on assignment for National Geographic Traveler in the Netherlands. To license this image click here.