I am Dennis van Leent, and I live The Netherlands. I was raised in Delft, which is in one of the most crowded urban areas of the Netherlands, and even Europe. Being fed up with the city, I moved to Hellevoetsluis in 2018, after my girlfriend convinced my to get my cluttered head out of the city. March 2021 we got married, and one mnth later our first kid was born (a son). My life has always had a theme around my fascination for nature and science. Next to having a daytime job as a laboratory technician in chemistry, I have complemented my interest in nature over the years with another passion - photography. And as it turns out, they combine brilliantly. Mainly my interests are based on the world surrounding me, trying to understand its workings - next to chemistry, geology is my main field of interest, and additionally biology, astronomy, ecology, physics (the so-called beta-fields) tickle my curiosity. 2004 I started photographing during my internship for my bachelor degree in Switzerland, and in 2006 I decided to buy my own camera. From there on photography started to grow as a hobby.
Photography enabled me to express what I find most wonderful in the world around me. A camera is just an instrument, and doesn't work by pushing buttons. Emotion is pretty key in the process of expression. Whether it is an urge to create, or a tool to freeze whatever moment I want to remember, it completes me in my drive to seek and wonder how everything looks and works.
2011 a very turbulent period in my life started when my father suddenly took his own life. It was also a cold start to what became a very profound and defining phase in my life. The period following his death was an immensely difficult time for me. I was struggling hard with depression, whilst starting to deal with personal challenges as I learned I had ADHD the years before his passing. I went outdoors with my camera, and slowly started to cope with the mess in my head. An interest I share with my dad is the sea.Not long after my dad's death I turned to the quiet shorelines of the southwestern Dutch delta-isles to seek refuge and calmness.
Sometime around 2015-2016 a body of work started to form, as well as I was slowly but surely seeking and trying to catch on to a certain photographic vibe. That same time I developed a big interest for photography on film. The eases of working digitally kept me photopraphing completely on film for a while, but eventually I gave in to shooting mainly analog. I also started experimenting with a more minimalistic way of composing my images. Looking back to that now, I realize I was starting to "see" things. Since the last year or so I have started to summarize the work that has accumulated the last decade as my project "Delta" - it is a still growing collection of landscapes of the Dutch river delta. In this work my emotions are strongly reflected - me searching for calmness, and getting lost somewhere between the poetic and melancholic.
Other interests such as geology strongly formed my choice of travels and the work resulting from that, which I have bundled up in "Terra". Other material is a strange combination of interests, such as engineering (Architecture and urbanized/industrial landscapes), abstraction, and some other themes. These are not clearly defined, and for now will probably will just result in some "short stories". All the above is just a mere reflection of how I see and interpret the world around me.
Next to having ADHD I am also very visually orientated (which is not uncommon), and photographing the world around me keeps helping me staying in balance - it calms me down and keeps my head clear. It's almost self-medicating. I can't tell for sure if it is just pressing the shutter, developing my own black and white film and working on my photo's in post, or just running around outdoors like a madman and suddenly stopping and gazing at something tiny, puny of seemingly insignificant (yes, I really have difficulties sitting still). Not that it matters that much, it's how I feel on my best.
So, my respect if you're still reading. I hope I have been convincing enough that my website presents a very personal piece of work I enjoyed making. I hope you enjoy it too. Finally, I want to give a big thank you for my wife Inge; for her patience, efforts, and tenacity not giving up on me. I'm a handfull at some moments, but I would not have gotten the best out of myself if it weren't for her.
Thanks very much for your interest and stopping by, and taking the effort reading this page. For any feedback, questions or inquiries, please fill in the contact form (English and Dutch are both perfectly fine).