I am an amateur photographer, digital artist, and poet. I was born in the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands and trained as a scientist. I spent my working life in the development of scientific instruments but am now retired. I made my home in the UK in the early eighties and have lived in Kenilworth in Warwickshire since 1990.
I took my first photographs in the mid sixties using a Kodak box camera. I have been taking pictures one way or another ever since. Initially I used 35 mm black and white and colour negative film, developing and printing in my own dark room; later-on I also embraced colour slides. Since about 2005 my photography is exclusively digital. 
Whereas analogue photos are developed in a dark room, digital photos are processed on a computer. This offers many opportunities to alter the recorded image and recently I have ventured into the realm of digital art to produce abstract images.
With regard to my poetry, I wrote my first poems (in Dutch) as a teenager and continued to write for well over a decade until my muse decided to go into hibernation. At the beginning of the twenty-first century I rediscovered my drive to write, now adopting English as the vehicle for my work.
On this site I show my favourite photographs in Photography and my abstract images in Digital Art. Collections of poems with a more or less common theme you will find on the Poetry page. Some of these are accompanied by photographs in an attempt to bring my two creative interests together. Occasionally, I post a background story in my Blog.
If you like what you find here, please come back from time to time to check out the latest. Or even better, use the “Contact me” button below to get an e-mail when I publish new material. And please leave comments; I welcome any feedback.
Finally, you can find me on instagram by clicking the instagram logo below (for my general photography account) or by going to @joostlohmanpoetry or @joostlohmandigitalart.
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