“My photography journey started not too long ago when I was living in Hong Kong. I lived there in 2012-2013 and photography became a big passion of mine during my stay. The people, the city, the surroundings, nature… just everything was so lively and different.”
When viewing the images of Albert Dros, it is clear to see that home is where the heart is. He shows us that “home” can be as simple as a 1 hour trip on a bus, or a quiet moment sitting in a boat as it gently rocks back and forth in the harbour. Home is a beautiful, quiet place where we can be ourselves, even if the busy nature of modern life buzzes on around us.
This is an older photograph I captured with my Panasonic GH2. Hong Kong can be hazy at times and I used that to my advantage in this image. I love the contrast between the modern and old ages pictured here. The black and white just emphasizes the distinction for me.
This may be my most popular photograph of Hong Kong. To me, it’s a reminder of where I lived. You don’t live in a house – you live in a room. You’re lucky if it has a window. Millions of people live in small spaces, and the city is crazy, but I loved it. Old buildings combined with new skyscrapers that seem to pop up every day. This image was taken from a little square in the middle of the complex with the A7II and Samyang 14mm.
Lion Rock is a popular hiking spot for the locals. It offers a panoramic view of the city. The haze can make seeing the city difficult at times, but the view is still enjoyable. If you plan on walking up and down this rock, make sure you’re ready for a difficult trek. I had not trained for awhile when I took this image and the next day I could hardly walk.
During my travels, I visited the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. This was one of the most beautiful buildings I’d ever seen in my life. The perfect symmetry of shapes, colours, the white and clean. everything just screamed to be photographed. As a mosque, it also deserved a “human” element to it for it to feel realistic. This way the symmetry can be experienced without it being perfectly symmetrical.
Although this medieval gate is one of the most photographed gates in the Netherlands, Amersfoort is also my hometown. I had the chance to capture this beautiful building in its full glory.
Kinderdijk in the Netherlands is a famous windmill village and one of those places that the locals consider to be “normal.” During certain times of the year, the sun rises exactly above the water and right on the windmills. It was cold and hazy that morning, but capturing this image made it all worthwhile.
The Netherlands is famous for it’s beautiful flower fields. These can only be shot a few weeks per year, usually in March/April.
With its beautiful canals and bridges, Amsterdam offers a number of beautiful attractions to visitors that come its way.
Albert Dros reminds us that sometimes the most beautiful things we can find aren’t in a foreign country. They are those images that we can capture right down the street from our home.
You can also find him on Facebook at Albert Dros Photography or Instagram as albertdrosphotgraphy.
“It took some time for me to realise that our home countries, my home country, could be beautiful in its way,” Dros told Travelled Paths in conclusion. “I started to try to capture the things we think are common, but I wanted to capture them in a most beautiful way.”
cover pic: Amersfoort Blue Hour by Albert Dros