Take me someplace nice is drawn from various travelogues since 2013. I do not intend to document or research the places that I visit. Photographing landscapes is mostly an attempt to establish a personal connection with a place that I’m new to, that I’m not part of and never will be. I’m only passing by on a given moment in time, unable to read the landscape, unable to relate it to itself. I can only relate it to me.
The series originates from a curiosity about my own relationship with landscape, and was triggered by a quote from Mike Davis’ book Dead Cities: “the deepest structure of urban fear is [..] detachment and distance from the natural landscape”. It’s fairly easy to ridicule tourism, people crowding together at look outs for a kodak moment. But having lived in cities all my life, I believe in a genuine need to (re)establish a relationship with nature, as shallow, momentary and inadequate as it is.
[Pictures taken in Austria, Switzerland, Iceland, Chili, Newfoundland, Spain, Lanzarote, Norway and Alaska, between 2013 and 2019.]
Petra van der Ree is a self-taught photographer based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, currently working as an editor and communications officer at a cultural institution for architecture, design and digital culture. Her photographic work includes landscape, interior, architecture and the built environment.
© text and pictures by Petra van der Ree