I visited Holland in 2011 to look at urban and rural landscapes and to identify similarities and differences with the Norfolk Broads. I was primarily interested in built structures and how their designs reflected their watery surroundings.
Relationships between water and land, the wild and the man-made, are particularly evident in the wetlands of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads and the lowlands of northern Holland. Sensitivity to the delicate nature of wetland terrain is reflected in some vernacular architecture and ignored by other idiosyncratic structures that illustrate real or imagined relationships with water, land and sky.
Some watery scenes could be in either country but most images illustrate decisions which are more or less culturally specific and relate to social and political attitudes towards inhabitants, visitors and the wider environment.
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