Into the scape, untill 27th February 2018 exhibited at Cloud Gallery Amsterdam



Hesitation is about that universal feeling in an intimate human relationship of giving yourself emotionally to the other person. This series mirrors my own
inner feelings of deep fear when not having the control anymore. With no place to hide and no other way forward than to truly open up to this other person. Showing my bright as well as my dark side, my own good and bad. By doing so putting my trust completely in the other person; the scariest thing I have ever done.

The series shows my inner struggle, yet I want the spectator to experience it in his/her own way. To have my images invite him/her to go on his own journey or take his/her trip through memory lane. To fully realise that there is no other way to deeply connect to the other person than by opening up truly and completely.

Day after day I’m more confused
Yet I look for the light in the pouring rain
You know that’s a game that I hate to lose
I’m feelin’ the strain, ain’t it a shame
Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul
I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away





For as long as I can remember I had this feeling of being out of place. My presence didn’t truly matter. So I tried to be as cheerful and happy as I could be. Coloring my life for the outside world to over-compensate for my true inner feelings. Until ten years ago, when my physics surrendered and forced me into a confrontation with myself.

In “DRIFT”, I have put aside my old habits. I have faced my deepest emotions. Picture by picture I broke down the fences of my fears. I dared to accept life and love. Photography became an essential necessity; via my images discovering who I really am.

Although the origin is personal, I strongly believe that there's a universal element to it as in today's society we all try to paint pretty pictures and thereby drift further and further away from our true selves.


In this series ‘imprint’,  I explore the spaces where people are no longer present but still visible by the marks they left behind. The interaction has ended but the remains are still there. People who, out of fear for change, have left everything in their designated space. Throughout their entire life.

This series is shot in my hometown, a tiny city in the east of the Netherlands, close to the German border. It shows in all aspects the flip-side of the Dutch. Not the well-known city-life nor the historic icons. It faces the other side of the Dutch, the traditional, conservative part. A life in which change is almost non-existent. Even to the extent that the people have left but what still remains are their highly distinctive imprints in time.


Margaret Lansink is a fine art photographer who works and lives in a tiny village just above Amsterdam. Margaret received a BA from the PhotoAcademy in Amsterdam and she studied for a year at LeMasterklass in Paris. Here her book ‘fear no more’ was met with great acclaim of Cecile Debray, art curator of Le Centre Pompidou. 

Margaret participates in exhibitions, residencies and competitions in Holland and abroad. Her work has been shown in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, New York, Japan, Leiden, Tbilisi, Kaunas and in her old hometown of Oldenzaal. Her work has been awarded the Dutch New Talent 2013, the Big Print Photo contest Amsterdam in 2015, Bronze Star Award for fine art book at ND Awards in 2016. She has (self-)published three books.

In 2016 she was also shortlisted for an AIR in Norway and has been rewarded with an AIR with the Kaunas Gallery in Lithuania (november 2016) and with Shiro Oni Studio in Japan (august 2017); both for her on-going project ‘the Art of Empathy / looking through the eyes of the other’. Additionally, she often coaches young photographers in developing their signature and portfolio.

Next to this more and more she uses film (movie)  to deliver her intentions.

2015 - 2016 LeMasterklass of Klavdij Sluban & Nestan Nijaradze / Paris
2010 - 2012 Photography, Photo Academy Amsterdam (BA)
2004 - 2005 Photography, Fotovakschool Apeldoorn

2018     9After5 / Radion / Amsterdam
2018     Into the Scape / Cloud Gallery / Amsterdam
2017     Kanna Art Festival / Shiro Oni Studio / Onishi Japan
2017     A Photographer’s Journal / Cloud Gallery / Amsterdam
2017     Rotterdam Photo Festival / Rotterdam
2017     Art for KIKA / Cloud Gallery / Amsterdam
2016     Art of Empathy / Maironis Gimnazijum Kaunas / Kaunas
2016     Group slide show / Night of Photography / Tbilisi
2016     Face the Dutch / De Hallen / Amsterdam
2016     Best of  Face the Dutch / Gallery Beeldend Gesproken / Amsterdam
2016     Art for refugees / Cloud Gallery / Amsterdam
2015     Face the Dutch /Photoville / Brooklyn Bridge Park New York
2015     1000 Photos, best 10 / Pakhuis de Zwijger / Amsterdam
2015     International Photofestival Leiden / Leiden, Holland
2014     Duo exh. with Bob Siers / Stadstheater Oldenzaal, Holland
2013     New Dutch Talent / GUP Gallery / Amsterdam
2013     Rauw / Photoacademy / Amsterdam
2012     Rauw / Loods 6 / Amsterdam

Awards / Honors / Grants  
2017     Selected for AIR at Shiro Oni Studio Onishi Japan
2016     Bronze Star Award book ‘fear no more’ at ND Photography
2016     Selected for AIR at Kaunasgallery Kaunas Lithuania
2015     Selected as 10 best of 1000 Photos Amsterdam
2015     Selected for Photoville NY
2013     Selected for GUP New Dutch Photography Talent 2013

2012    Unchained
2015    Imprint
2016    Fear no more

Publications / features

2017    GUP Magazine, GUP IG-takeover, Photofotomag, Sultans seal, IG-Chloecamillecontemporary.

New Dawn, GUP, New Photography, Photographer’s Journal, Photoville Face the Dutch Magazine, Volkskrant, TC Tubantia, SK Magazine,