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Meet Erik Hijweege of Erik Hijweege Photography

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erik Hijweege.

Erik, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
20 years ago I quitted my marketing job and decided to follow my passion for photography. For me it was the best decision ever. For my first large personal project “Noir” I travelled extensively to Namibia and Botswana. Driving through the central Kalahari Desert looking for Bushmen villages made a profound impression on me.

In 2006 I started chasing super cells in the USA. Expert storm chasers like Roger Hill and Tim Marshall took me quite close to these monster storms. As you often have unobstructed views in tornado alley, witnessing and photographing these beautiful structures soon became an addiction.

The almost 80 inch wide photos were first displayed at Milk Gallery in New York. They just moved to Florida. My Art Dealer Amstel Gallery is based in Orlando. A show is planned at Snap Orlando at the end of this year.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has been quite smooth so far.

Erik Hijweege Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Nature always has been center stage in my work.

My series Super cell and Sublime Nature both focus on Ii’s magnitude and the insignificance of mankind… Rotating storms over small cities, jaw dropping cloud structures over country roads, strangling trees around ancient temples as well as thundering waterfalls really belittle me as a photographer.

Next to the grandeur of nature I am travelling in the shoes of early explorers for my uncharted territories project. Using old copper lenses and the 1870 technique of wet plate collodion I am documenting faraway places as if I am looking through Dr. Livingstone’s eyes.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Having a solo show at the Museum of Natural History in Holland as well as solo shows in Moscow and New York were great moments.

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