Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Northern Territories Series III

Triptych, pastel on white Ingres

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Northern Territories Series II

Framstrait with a touch of Munch?
Pastel on grey Ingres.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Northern Territories series

Theme is Northern Territories.
This one is a large pastel drawing of the coal dock in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen, called kullkaia, with its remarkable crane on a backdrop of snowcovered mountains.
Paper: 260gr Hanemühle
Format: 108 x 78 cm

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ulsan International Photography Festival

Two weeks ago, I was contacted by Mr Jongjean Kang, the curator of the Ulsan International Photography Festival in South Korea. He asked if I wanted to be one of the 15 artist to exhibit at the festival this year. He had seen my pictures on my website - thanks to Camille Seaman, who tipped him about me - and was very excited about my work. Thank you Camille.

Six of my arctic pictures are showing in Ulsan right now and are being used to advertise and announce the exhibition. I like.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wonderful autumn skies...

Picture taken from my apartment in O L Aunesgate.
Check it out at, search for Tromsø.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Norwegian summer

Flowering gardens of Fru Berg

Friday, August 05, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Due to sickness on board, we had to cancel the trip. Sorry about that. Hopefully we will get another chance another time.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


We're floating in the middle of Isfjorden in the most fantastic midnight light. All quiet.
View from the kitchen, my working place for the coming 10 days.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Off to Spitsbergen

Tomorrow, I will travel north again.
My friend and captain Geir is waiting for me in Longyearbyen on board of Ulla Rinman. We will sail on a 10-day cruise north of Spitsbergen, hoping to meet some polar bears and shoot them - on camera that is. I'm not sure we will have internet access continuously, but check this blog for a daily report from the arctic ice sheets.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday, June 05, 2011


A word of thanks to my good friend BRK, my main man who puts me on the Google-map.

Nr. 3 in line, from left

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


Painting by Kåre Tveter, currently exhibiting at Galleri Svalbard

Back in Tromsø.

Next expedition will be in July: from 17.7 til 25.7, into the ice zone North of Spitsbergen. I will join captain Aasebøstøl on board the former Swedish rescue vessel Ulla Rinman. We will sail with 12 professional photographers on a hunt for polar bears. I will be "the Belgian cook" for these guys, making sure they don't starve.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Kings Bay

78°53'52.36"N, 12°20'57.83"E

Kings Bay glacier.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Northern coast of Spitsbergen


79°50'8.62"N, 7°23'41.41"E
Heading West to take more water samples with the CTD: measuring temperature and salinity.

Another blue ice picture, taken in front of the Wagonway glacier at Magdelenefjorden.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Polar bear

80°30'51.83"N - 12°39'48.34"E
Marginal ice zone, North of Spitsbergen.
Polar bear on the horizon, nose up, sniffing the air. Kokken is frying beef downstairs, smells good indeed. The bear is coming closer and closer, it is a young one, in good shape and well fed.

Voor Frits

Friday, May 27, 2011


79°35'1.20"N - 10°24'14.13"E

Tonight, we sailed from the Fram Strait back to Spitsbergen and arrived at Amsterdam island, just outside Magdelenefjorden. The fjord was very foggy and ghostly.

We visited the former whaling station and graveyard at Smeerenburg, anno 1612, where British, Dutch and German whalers are buried. We went ashore with the Zodiacs and met some incredible blue ice underway.

Afterwards, we moved close to the glacier and stayed there for some hours. It is quiet, the only noise comes from the "clicking" ice: small bubbles of oxygen popping free during melting.

79°43'35.34"N - 11° 1'27.89"E
Next was a visit to another Dutch whaling station, anno 1614. There were 3 walruses lying around on the beach and farting away. And another trip to Virgo Beach with the Zodiacs.

It has been a very busy day. We will stay at Smeerenburg for some hours so everyone can send their emails. The coming days, we will sail north, into the polar ice.

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Copacabana, not.

Ice front

78°50'43.25"N - 2°50'42.74"E

We are surrounded by ice and looking for a big slab to put us down with the crane. It is beautiful sunny day and quiet, the ice breaks all waves. No seasickness today.

There is a large Spanish delegation of CSIC on board: scientist, journalists, writers and filmmakers, a very interesting group. Every day, we get lectures by the participants, about their work in relation to climate change.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fram Strait

Sailing day
It is a rough sea outside and people are mostly in their cabins. White foamy waves hitting the ship, it is rocking and rolling. We are heading North-West, into the Fram Strait. Tonight, we will hit the ice front.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


76°58'22.11"N - 15°51'47.98"E
Strong wind and lots of drifting ice prevented us from going ashore today and visit the Polish station. It is a bright and sunny day. We sail into the fjord and it is absolutely beautiful: see Hornsund and die.

Monday, May 23, 2011


78° 3'53.46"N - 14°11'56.65"E
Russian mining town, 400 people currently living there now.
Nice break with beer and vodka.



78°14'0.46"N - 15°36'11.02"E
Breakfast. We are in Billefjorden, close to the abandoned Russian settlement Pyramiden. We will go there today, if we find a way to get there. The fjord is full of ice and we will probably have to walk over it.

A ghost town in the middle of the Arctic. The Russians had a coal mine here from the seventies. In the middle of the nineties, Arktikugol, the company that ran the settlement, decided to shut it down and over 1000 people were evacuated in 4 days time. People literally put their spoons down at the dinner table and left. It is a complete self-supporting society: with its own powerplant, swimming pool, people's house, you name it.
It has a very sad aura.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Sunny afternoon in Longyearbyen.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Next expedition

From 22.5 until 31.5.2011
Arctic Tipping Points outreach cruise to Spitsbergen.
This time, we will be visiting most of the scientific stations and settlements on Spitsbergen, interview people and make reportages.

We are working on a book called Svalbard Life, richly illustrated with photographs, drawings and paintings. Authors are Paul Wassmann and Rudi Caeyers, and many other contributors.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Arctic Frontiers 2011

Arctic Frontiers conferentie is achter de rug, met duizenden bezoekers deze keer. De opwarming van de aarde en de milieuproblematiek komen steeds meer onder de aandacht.
Ons Arctic Tipping Points-boek over het Noordpoolgebied werd aan het grote publiek voorgesteld, een samenwerkingsproject tussen de Universiteit van Tromsø, het Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) en BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge, met steun van de Banco de Bilbao in Spanje. Op de foto hierboven zie je enkele deelnemers aan de conferentie, rechts de Noorse minister van buitenlandse zaken Jonas Gahr Støre met ons boek in de hand. Je kan het hele boek hier downloaden.


The Arctic Frontiers conference is over and attracted thousands of participants. Global warming and environmental issues are high on the agenda.
Our Arctic Tipping Points book was also introduced to the public, a cooperation between the University of Tromsø, the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) and BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge, with support of the Banco de Bilbao in Spain.
On the above picture, you can see some participants to the conference and the Norwegian secretary of foreign affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre, presenting our book.
The book can be downloaded here.

University of Tromsø
Arctic Frontiers
Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge