The Project

Left: all the bike rides (82,714.8 km) Right: all the photo locations (9702 images) - Last updated: July 15th 2017

Bicycle Landscape: cycling across all 388 Dutch municipalities

From 2011 to 2017, Yorit Kluitman will be cycling through all 388 Dutch municipalities. During this journey Kluitman will photograph the landscape between cities and villages, exclusive of people and buildings: a cross section of the organised Netherlands.

“In April 2011 I bought a race bike and started cycling. My perception of distance and my view on the Netherlands changed totally. We live in a very small, flat country with a unique, almost manic way of spatial planning. I discovered, from a bicycle rider’s perspective, how well-structured and extremely cultivated the Dutch landscape is.

I gave myself six years to cycle across all municipalities. Within this time-frame I will be visiting as many different areas as possible. Equipped with a camera, I research the functionality, the rhythm, the composition, the lines, the form and the order of the Dutch landscape.”


About the collection

The photo’s shown in the ‘Gallery’ are a small selection of a collection of almost 10.000 images taken during the many bike rides through the Netherlands. “During these rides I search for open spaces between the densely build Dutch urban areas. In the process of making a photo I apply a set of self made rules and search for recurring graphic elements in the landscape. The ever expanding image database will serve as a basis for further study, research and reflection, which will turn into an unique and comprehensive publication.”