Loek van Vliet: Sacred Grounds


In a time, in which we, as a society, are constantly busy; in which constantly things happen; in which there is always sound around us; in which we are constantly available; and things grab our attention all the time; I depict in my pictures the longing for silence. Through this series of photographs I try to deliver an experience of silence, in which there is no distraction. A moment in which you can start dreaming off in nature, and where you can find peace of mind during this hectic life.

Quiet areas are environmental protected areas, in which the sounds of flora and fauna predominate. In which the sound doesn’t reach more than 40 db. In the Netherlands there are about 650.000 hectare pointed out as areas of silence, divided in about 150 areas.


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Loek van Vliet writes:

What I try to do is not a documentary study on silence, nor is it a study for areas of silence, it is much more the depicting and translating the feeling of silence. A calling for reflection. This results in a few things. First the picture needs to be taken within the borders of these areas. Second, I’m looking visually for a kind of wilderness. In a country in which almost every inch is created, I look for the apparent absence of humankind. They should appear in the details, but nature must have taken over. These visible aspects should call for reflection. The relationship of nature and human, life and death, religion, etc.

Whether we visit these areas, or not, we must know that they exist. Areas that you visit as a guest, that we respect, let in peace, not because we know what happens, but because we do not. In this way these areas function as modern sacred grounds.

Extra informatie


Sacred Grounds, Quiet areas in the Netherlands and Flanders / Heilige gronden, Stiltegebieden in Nederland en Vlaanderen


Loek van Vliet


Maartje van den Heuvel


Loek van Vliet






29 x 29 x 1,2 cm




English / Nederlands


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