Koos van der Lende was born in South Africa from Dutch parents and the family immigrated to Holland in 1971. After a 10 month trip through Southern Africa in 1977 Koos decided to study photography in The Hague, Holland and in 1983 moved back to the country of his birth. After spending 19 years in commercial, advertising and industrial photography he choose to follow the passion of his heart,- doing panoramic landscape photography.
Koos works with a Fuji GX617 panorama camera with 3 lenses, the 90mm, 180mm and the 300mm. Films of choice is Fuji Velvia50 ASA and Provia 100ASA.
At the beginning of the year 2002 Koos closed the studio and started doing landscapes full-time. A step of faith with no immediate income he was confident that the choice he had made was the correct one. He linked up with the Peace Parks Foundation, to cover the Transfrontier Parks which were established. Shooting free of charge in the parks Koos makes his work available to the PPF for use in annual reports and web sites. In exchange for that he receives free access to the parks. Going into wild places on his own he spends up to two months at a time to cover the area. Carrying enough food to sustain him, water must be sourced by any possible means, wells, rivers, boreholes etc. A typical trip will produce around 200 films which are kept safe in a fridge.
Koos is an artist in the bush and use large reflector boards and artificial light to blend natural and artificial light in his images. A huge selection of filters are used to compensate for contrast or enhancement reasons. He sells his work as fine-art prints and also to the commercial market. He has the largest large format collection of panoramic images of Africa in the world. No manipulation is done on his color work, nothing is taken out or added. His love for the African veld is a reflection of the images we see.