With its giant skies and low-lying landscapes, the Dutch countryside has drawn artists for hundreds of years. Painters have long traveled to the Netherlands from all over Europe, and this picture shows that today’s digital artists are similarly inspired.
This photo is titled “Old Masters,” a term that could refer to either those painters of old or to the builders of these traditional windmills — or perhaps even to the windmills themselves. Since the Dutch would never have been able to drain the water off all this once-marshy land without the windmills, the sturdy structures deserve some of the credit for building the country. Modern-day tourists can see examples of renovated and preserved windmills at places including Kinderdijk (outside Rotterdam) and Zaanse Schans, an open-air conservation museum that reproduces Dutch life in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Photographer strumski has added effects to create a feeling of age and to add to the atmosphere of the photo, which blends peace and drama and evokes the long history of windmills in this place. The bright green of the foremost building adds a splash of bright color but keeps the palette cool.