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Photograpy ongoing (composite photo and documentary) See larger images.

Wandering has long been associated with thinking. Many intellectuals have cited long walks as important tools for contemplation. The pace slows down to a rhythm that corresponds somehow to your line of thought. One of the best-known wanderers is undoubtedly Nietzsche who famously stated: “Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value”.

Often problem-solving is described in spatial terms; one walks around a problem or see something from a new perspective. The physical act of strolling facilitates or mirrors an internal movement. For the mind, walking is an act of wandering through a problem, as much as it is about the body moving through a landscape.

Not only man but other animals wander as well. Male baboons leave their natal groups and wander around alone, which can last several months or more. Thus wandering prevents inbreeding.

This photo series examines the interplay between wanderers and their surroundings. Not all those who wander are lost.

This project has been exhibited in the OBA, Amsterdam, as Wanderlust.