‘Plateau I’ is a series of photographs concerning an ongoing study (started in 2010) of the landscape of the Plateau of Margraten. The Plateau is a limestone plateau with an average height of 140 m in the south of the Netherlands. The region is an agricultural area with much variety, also characterized by the traces and marks of ancient use of the land, ranging from hollow roads to quarries. The photos show aspects of the present-day use of the land, but above all, ‘Plateau I’ represents the photographer’s emotional response to the landscape, to the effects of agricultural exploitation and to centuries-long human presence amid a lush and rolling landscape.
Thieu Riemen (Tilburg, 1958) is a Dutch artist-photographer based in the South of The Netherlands. Originally he was educated as a painter at Academie voor Beeldende Vorming Tilburg (Academy of Visual Arts) and art historian at Leiden University. His photography develops from an interest in the landscapes in the South of the Netherlands. These landscapes have changed enormously in recent decades. In this respect it is important to note that Riemen is driven essentially by an emotional involvement with place and rather than by an attempt to gain some exact knowledge about changes that have occurred.
© text and pictures by Thieu Riemen