Between Shetland and Sognefjord, Norway, and Calais in the south, lies the North Sea. Seven countries share a North Seacoast. Both the coastal zone and the sea itself are of great importance for birds. Millions of birds breed or winter on and around the North Sea. Even more birds use the North Sea and its large intertidal zones as a stopover on their journeys to and from their breeding grounds elsewhere.
“Birds around the North Sea” aims to show the richness of the birdlife around the North Sea and the variety of landscapes these birds live in. Landscapes that include nature reserves, ports, open sea, cities and industrial zones.
The birds around the North Sea face enormous pressures. Pollution, loss of habitat, competition from fishery and climate change are key threats. Inevitably, these threats will be visible in many images.
Sijmen Hendriks travelled around the North Sea during four and a half years, photographing birds and the landscapes they live in. He wants to show how much beauty there still is around the North Sea and also how much pressure this beauty faces.
We have to know what is at stake for anything to change.
In oct 2019 photobook 'Turn the tide' has been published with the results of the project. An exhibition with a selection of images from the book will take place until 8 december 2019 at the Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam.