Albert Dros is a landscape photographer from the Netherlands who captures the stunning Dutch tulip fields every spring. This year, though, things were a bit different. For the first time in 71 years, Keukenhof, the world’s most magnificent tulip garden, was deserted, and Albert was able to capture its quiet beauty.
“This year is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ year. For the first time in 71 years, Keukenhof is closed. But it doesn’t rule out the presence of flowers, as the photographer points out. “On the contrary, the flowers look fantastic and get the same level of attention and care as before. All of the dedicated gardeners go about their business as usual. Because nature and the garden’s show carry on even when humans aren’t around.”
Albert claims he’s been shooting tulips for as long as he can remember, but the one thing he’s always wanted to picture was Keukenhof alone.
“This appeared unattainable until April 2020 this year. “With the COVID-19 virus keeping everyone at home and visitors away, I thought this was my last opportunity,” the photographer said. He called the tulip garden, who graciously agreed to allow him to shoot them for a day.
According to the photographer, April in the Netherlands was the sunniest ever. Therefore the flowers blossomed early. “It was difficult to photograph in broad daylight with the bright sun. But put aside the photos for a moment: strolling about there alone, with just the sounds of birds and the beautiful scent of all these flowers, is an experience in and of itself,” Albert said.
“I used to sit for 30 minutes close to the flowers and the river, simply enjoying nature.” It was indeed a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Because there were no people in the park, I was able to picture trails and perspectives in a manner that you wouldn’t ordinarily notice due to crowds.”
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