ART+SCIENCE: Gerco de Ruijter | LENSCRATCH

Dutch photographer Gerco de Ruijter is a visual artist with a focus on aerial landscape photography and film. Through his work, he explores the boundaries of landscape photography, shedding light on the processes that cause change, including human interaction and the natural changes of the environment over time. In the photography series entitled Cropped, de Ruijter uses Google Earth as a source to scan aerial views of center-pivot irrigation plots within the American Southwest. Although the subject matter is recognizable as a landform, it is transformed into a surreal abstraction. These photographs are connected by geometry, the circular images inherent of irrigation plots. Yet, the subject matter is made distinct by the evolution of both manmade and natural forces upon the land.