The Dutch have been fighting the water for centuries. Approximately 55 percent of Dutch territory is flood sensitive; 26 percent are below N.A.P. and 29 percent are at risk from the rivers.
The past centuries the Dutch coastline has shifted backwards due to flooding. In the Middle Ages, villages that were on the coastline at that time were swept away by floods. On the beach you still can find small pieces of brick, which are remains of these villages.
The Dutch coast is constantly changing. Without intervention the coast slowly shifts inland due to natural influences. The dunes and beaches are our most important protection against the sea. A higher sea level has far-reaching consequences for the Netherlands.
How safe is our coast? What are the consequences of the sea level rise? What measures should we take?
Flood is a photographic representation of the changes of our coastline in the past and the possible consequences of sea level rise due to climate change in the future.
The photos are presented as a negative. A negative is an intermediate stage in the photographic process. Now used as a metaphor for the changing nature.