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097: Abandoned Places with Henk van Rensbergen | Culture Matters
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Henk van Rensbergen

Henk bought his first camera when he was 16 years old with which he started taking pictures of empty factories and forgotten castles.

Now he flies around the world as Captain on a Boeing 787.

While his crew is relaxing at the local swimming pool, he ventures out to desolated city palaces, overgrown industrial factories or rusted war vessels.

With his website in the early nineties and his books “Abandoned Places“, he was an early pioneer on the urban exploration scene.

In 2017, after 4 years of research, Van Rensbergen published a book from his new book: “No Mans Land“; the follow up of Abandoned Places. With this project, he goes one step beyond what he as done before and shows a world where mankind is extinct and animals live in our buildings.

This world, full of anthropomorphic pointers to contradictions holds up a mirror for mankind.

What if animals were the only survivors? This new photographic series by Henk van Rensbergen is uncanny and spellbinding as it pictures a post-apocalyptic world.

The captivating beauty of the desolation conveyed by his Abandoned Places photographs persists in these images but gains an added dimension with the depiction of animals in search of their place in a world once dominated by human beings.

“A powerful poetic vision portraying the unthinkable – the end of humanity.”

Desmond Morris

His tips to become more culturally competent are:

  1. Shut up & listen and shut up & look; Speaking a language is not enough to understand other people. So paying attention to what is going on first is important.
  2. When visiting a new place you haven’t been before, read about that place; prepare yourself.
  3. Don’t be afraid to open up and be vulnerable. If you open up, the other will likely do the same.

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Website: http://henkvanrensbergen.com

To listen to another episode of an Airline pilot check out this episode with Patrick Smith.


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