ABENDSONNE - Misha de Ridder

Sometimes natural phenomena can become so estranged and mysterious, that we are inclined to describe them as unreal realities. It might be the extraordinary shape of a tree, a mountain, a shadow, a cloud or the mirroring reflection of nature in a lake, but it is foremost the unfamiliarity of the natural aesthetics of reality. The photos in this book literally refer to such an unfamiliar natural phenomenon, a mysterious phenomenon known as ‘Abendsonne’.

Publisher  Schaden.com, Germany, 2011
Design     Mevis & Van Deursen
ISBN        978-3-932187-88-9

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SOLSTICE - Misha de Ridder

In the extraordinary light of the subarctic Norwegian north, getting close to the earth's very heart, is where Misha de Ridder made photographs and films. At this latitude, only sparse vegetation grows on the dark, craggy mountains. A sojourn in this landscape transforms the earth into a tactile planet: palpable, tangible. De Ridder investigates the expressive qualities of this polar landscape and light, but his work also addresses climatic and ecological extremes. The rugged landscape, the cold and the darkness - or conversely, the lack thereof - leave you dependent on your own resources. De Ridder confronts us with the fragility of human existence in relation to nature.

Publisher Native Publications, USA, 2012



DUNE - Misha de Ridder

When a country becomes populous and developed, people construct nature reserves to mask the absence of wilderness. The thing about the simulated image of the pristine is that in its replication it seems more pleasant and more authentic than the original. In the case of The Netherlands, this image is partly constructed out of the illusions of the representations of landscape in Dutch historical paintings. Just a twenty minute drive from the city of Amsterdam, a small strip of dunes separates polder from sea. In this barren and tormented nature, Misha de Ridder creates precise and highly detailed photographs employing light, colour and atmosphere, in an effort to salvage the memory of a wilderness lost. In Dune De Ridder’s camera captures reality as it occurs, and he frames it by linking it to the collective image of the landscape that was. You might call it a kind of archeology; by digging for a fiction of the past in the present, De Ridder questions the simulacrum of the wilderness of today.

Publisher  Lavalette, USA, 2011
ISBN         978-0-9842973-2-0


WILDERNESS - Misha de Ridder

In this book, lushly photographed flora isolated in nature alternates with enlarged details from the wilderness compositions that emphasize the four-color separation methods used in commercial printing. The detail pages encourage appreciation for the graphic qualities of the quiet views of undeveloped nature where tree bark ridges and layered flowering branches become organic patterns. The book's pages are perforated for easy removal as the included images can be assembled to create two wall sized installations, each 1644 x 2082 mm (64.5 x 82.1 inches).

Publisher  Artimo, The Netherlands, 2003
Design      Mevis & Van Deursen
ISBN         90 7538 075 5


SIGHTSEEING - Misha de Ridder

This book casts a unique perspective of Amsterdam in quietly subversive, full-page urban landscapes. Sign boards on a crowded street, fenced in flowers, Lego-land housing estates with red cars are joined by a short story by Dutch surrealist writer Edzard Mik.

Publisher  De Balie, The Netherlands, 2000
Design      Kummer & Herrman
ISBN         90 6617 247 9