Lenny Oosterwijk (1969) has been a photographer of rivers ever since 2007. The name of this project, ‘’Heraclitus’’, the Greek philosopher, is a reference to “no one being able to step into the same river twice since different water will flow through it at all times”. The photographs show surface reflections on the river as abstract, apparently infinitely moving, images, resembling more a painting than a picture. Oosterwijk made his film ‘’Heraclitus’’ in 2014, which has been screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. His oeuvre now also consists of photographs of seas and landscapes.
In 2018 Lenny Oosterwijk revisited all locations where he had taken pictures of reflections in seas and rivers, e.g. North Sea, Wadden Sea, IJ, Meusse, and others, to collect water samples which he stored in bottles. By entering the coordinates displayed on the labels of these bottles in Google Maps, one is immediately transposed to the exact location where the photograph was taken. The following video on YouTube shows Lenny Oosterwijk in the act of collecting his water samples: