Back in 2012 MENDO teamed up with Dutch photographer Ewout Huibers for the book Amsterdam, A Metropolitan Village. That worked so well, that we decided to do another book together: Below Sea Level, The Netherlands in Photographs. This photographic journey takes the reader through a country where water is both a friend and an enemy at the same time. Almost one quarter of the country’s surface is made up of drained inland lakes and land reclaimed from the sea. In such a densely populated country, every piece of land is cherished. In Ewout Huibers’ stunning photographs, the ever-present water plays a natural leading role. Below Sea Level is a painstaking visual study of the land that the down-to-earth and industrious Dutch people have worked hard to create. And their work will never end.
The Netherlands is a small the country. And yet, it took Ewout 11,000 kilometres by car and over 500 kilometres by bike to cover the country. Kilometres well worth spent, if you ask us.