Traveling has always sparked my curiosity. Embarking on a quest to discover new places and cultures. Not knowing what’s to come. Admiration and adventure. The contrast between the bustle of a metropole and the serenity and space of pure wilderness sharpens all my senses. My appreciation and respect for the magic our planet has to offer just keeps growing. But also the realisation that it is a fragile eco-system.

How can humanity find a new balance to live sustainably on our planet? A big question with societal challenges, such as the food transition and the ageing society. These challenges can be viewed from a glass half-full or glass half-empty. I focus on the positive perspective. My photography of resilient people mingled with majestic landscapes portrays desire and hope. The hope that we are able to live in harmony and the desire to enjoy our beautiful planet for as long as possible.

– Menno Lammerts van Bueren –

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