me

Hello there, we are a modest creative studio specialised in visual communication. Clear, unpretentious communication — that’s our goal. From defining the objectives, through employing the necessary tools towards a meaningful design.
Woodland Studio is founded by Els Gielen (Els Gielen Photography) and Joël Neelen (Dada Design) — employing the principles of visual communication and a natural outcome of our common professional aspirations for relevant photography, graphic design, typography and copywriting. Our creative studio operates between Ellikom in Belgium and Tranøy Fyr in Norway.

PHOTOGRAPHY. We have a soft spot for portraiture that captures the personality of the subject. We also love nature — shooting landscapes forces us to get outside and find the beauty around us. Sometimes this means discovering places right in front of our eyes that we just never noticed were beautiful before. Other times this means exploring new places and getting out on a hike or nature walk.
GRAFIK DESIGN. We are passionate about logo design, the challenges of rebranding and typography. We can create your logo from scratch or update your existing brand. We love clean, simple & unique designs. We also enjoy crafting corporate identities, layout magazines and (photo)book work.
WHITE WØLF. We also present our photo gallery. White Wølf gives us the chance to show a series of photographs of our choosing by which we aim to test our self-management, research, critical and creative looking skills. Check it out. All the photographs are for sale too.

Our Portfolio

img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img
img

Woodland magazine

Our journal of inspirations



In 2016 I started designing and publishing a free printed magazine, but after four editions it came to an abrupt end because I no longer found sufficient financial resources. In 2020 it started to itch again to share something about my sources of inspiration and interests with a larger community. Woodland Magazine tries to fill this void.


Because of the volatility of the internet, everything goes very fast. Time seems to go faster and faster. We will have to share relevant information more consciously. So no short news items to get a quick impression but clear, comprehensive information in which the reader makes a conscious choice to deepen. Therefore I present Woodland Magazine that explores our personal interests and introduces in-depth stories about contemporary visual artists, outstanding craftsmen and fascinating photographers which motivate us to find creative inspiration.

Woodland Magazine contains the art of both emerging and established creators from around the world. We bring you stories from a real world in a down to earth perspective. Artists inspire others by sharing thoughts and observations. It's been called a different kind of healing. Art has its own way of inspiring others through storytelling.

It is a silent wish to acquire a work from each of these inspiring craftsmen, as in a kind of personal museum, but for now I have to put up with a collection of their splendid books.

We hope that this digital magazine will bring you into contact with the work of inventive artists, innovative designers and imaginative photographers you haven't heard of before and who will motivate you to achieve your dreams and goals as they inspired us.

img

OUT OF THE WOODS

Roman Klonek, born in Poland (1969) during the communist period, is an internationally known representative of contemporary print art. His childhood was strongly influenced with comic and cartoon culture. Therefore he has a spot for old fashioned cartoons, especially Eastern European styles. While he studied Graphic Arts in Düsseldorf during the 1990s, Klonek discovered his passion for woodcut printing. Bizarre creatures, metamorphoses of humans and animals, meet and show themselves in a pop surreal environment. Striking are typographic elements of Cyrillic and Asian characters. Roman Klonek creates unique posters with a wide range of whimsical creatures, mostly half animal/half human, preferably in awkward situations. His work is best described by a fresh, bizarre balancing act between propaganda, folklore and pop. Read more...

img

GATEWAY TO THE ARCTIC

Audun Rikardsen (1968) is a Norwegian biologist and wildlife photographer. He is professor at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at University of Tromsø. Among other things, Rikardsen has researched how satellite marking of wild salmon can map the fish's migrations. Being a scientist, Rikardsen uses photography as a helpful tool to show his scientific results. For example, he photographs whales to capture the fluke — the backside of the tail of the whale — which works as a fingerprint. Then we can compare that photograph with databases in other parts of the world, and in that way identify the migration of whales between those areas. As a photographer, he has especially experimented with split-level photography taking pictures with a combined surface and underwater camera. Read more...

img

PUNCHY AND IMPUDENT ART

Eglė Žvirblytė is a Lithuanian multidisciplinary artist and illustrator based in London. She creates bright, feisty and irreverent work that melts your heart, kicks your butt and tickles your funny bone. "My body is my temple". That’s one of the mantras of Žvirblytė, who built her artistic career on important themes, such as identity and female power. Her vibrant, humorous illustrations are a juicy, in-your-face explosion that explores human relationships with themselves and the surrounding universe. It stems from her personal experiences yet at the same time is an open invitation for anyone to participate and bring their own story into it. Read more...

img

THE ETERNAL AMAZEMENT

Born in 1976, Vincent Munier lives in the Vosges (France), his homeland, thus cultivating permanent contact with wild nature. He chooses photography to express his dreams, his emotions and his encounters. After his various successes in the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition in 2000, 2001 and 2002, he decided to devote himself entirely to photography. Nowadays Vincent Munier is one of the most famous nature photographers. His images have been exhibited in various countries and are the subject of numerous publications in wildlife magazines. At the end of 2018, his work was chosen by Reporters Without Borders to appear in their magazine 100 Photos de Vincent Munier pour la liberté de la presse. Munier is more than a photographer, he's a true artist, a poet of the image. Read more...

img

LIFELIKE WOOD SCULPTURES

Bruno Walpoth (1959, Italy) can practically turn wood into flesh. The Italian artist has a knack for creating haunting, incredibly lifelike sculptures carved out of wood. His works somehow manage to capture the expressiveness in a person’s eyes and the body’s fleshy curves. Having grown up with a lineage of grandfathers and an uncle who were distinguished woodcarvers, Walpoth has eagerly chosen to follow their practice, incorporating his own contemporary ideas to the craft. Inspired by all forms of art that lie beyond wood carving and sculptures, Walpoth approaches solid slabs of wood with a creative outlook, transforming them into intricately detailed figures in the likeness of men and women. Read more...

img

BEYOND NO MAN’S LAND

Before 2012, Jan Erik Waider (1984) was a web designer who took photos for fun. Nowadays, this landscape photographer splits his time between Hamburg, Germany and exploring the raw, haunting stillness and ghostly tranquility of the Nordic countries. In each of these locations Waider seeks the most remote and hidden locations, wishing to present rarely seen perspectives of the native landscape to a larger audience. Waider skillfully captures the rugged charm and pristine beauty of Nordic nature. He’s not a blue-sky kind of guy. On sunny days, he puts his camera away.
Waider has built his brand, known as Northlandscapes, by seeking out locations that make most people shiver just to think of them. Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard — if it's cold, the climate is harsh and unpredictable, windswept, dramatic, and damp, his shutter is clicking. Read more...

img

ABSTRACT AERIAL LANDSCAPES

Graphic Designer Tom Hegen (1991, Germany) began to focus more and more on photography. Sitting at the window and seeing the earth from above on a long flight from Germany to New Zealand inspired his love for aerial photography. It takes a second to orient yourself to the bright colors, geometric shapes, and gritty textures of his Antropocene photography.
Tom Hegen shows us the beauty of the earth and also how people have shaped it. This is the common thread that unites all of the works in his oeuvre. Hegen reflects on how mankind interferes with nature, showing us the traces we leave behind. He's trying to sensitize the viewer for those subjects by taking a look on the extraordinary forces impacting our environment. And yet he does this in the most seductive of ways: with beauty, with appealing symmetry, and radiant colors. He challenges us to reflect on what we see. Read more...

img

CALM WATERS

Mariá Švarbová (1988, Slovakia) originally studied conservation-restoration and archeology before dedicating herself to photography in 2010. Regarding her largest series, 'Swimming Pool', originating in 2014 and continuing to develop to date. The building is 80 years old and dates back to a time when swimming was more of a social duty than a sport, which is maybe why it’s such a sterile place. She was struck by the calmness of the water, its mirror-like reflections and the many signs!
There is almost a theatrical quality to the highly controlled sceneries that Maria captures. The figures are mid-movement, but there is no joyful playfulness to them. Frozen in the composition, the swimmers are as smooth and cold as the pools tiles. The colors softly vibrate in a dream-like atmosphere. Despite the retro setting, the pictures somehow evoke a futuristic feeling as well, as if they were taken somewhere completely alien. Read more...

img

VICTORIAN-ERA POOLSIDE

Soo Burnell is an Edinburgh based photographer. Her collection titled ‘Poolside’, which focuses on her passion for architecture. Soo captured the architecture of historic swimming pools by highlighting the striking geometry, dramatic proportions, the stillness of the water and dreamy colour palette of each space. Focussed on careful composition with the inclusion of statue-like figures — who wear vintage swimming caps as a nod to the period of the architecture — to scale the architecture. The effect is minimal and restrained yet also dynamic in proportion and detail, as Soo offers a mesmerising glimpses into these ‘hidden’ spaces. Read more...

img

TYPOGRAPHIC ABSTRACTION

The Typographic Abstraction collages by Cecil Touchon (1956, Texas) are made by chopping of letters and using the elements to create new abstract forms as a kind of concrete poetry. It is through his work in collage that he has made a lasting mark on the world. He creates collages where he deconstructs found language, dismantling text from all kinds of sources including street posters, old books, emails, fabricated papers, etc. He cuts them up into sub-letter units and reassembles them into collages that are new forms of order. Stripped of literary meaning, these works rely on composition, rhythm and visual movement to convey their meaning which is ambiguous and intuitive. Read more...

img

PUBLIC ART. WHY NOT?

Gordon Young is a British visual artist who focuses on creating art for the public domain, often including typographical elements. His work ranges from sculptures to typographic pavements. The common denominator for all projects is the basis of relevance to the surroundings. Gordon has a collaborative approach to working and has built up over the years strong and fruitful relationships with a diverse range of people from architects, landscape architects, graphic designers and engineers to foresters, cyclists, librarians, climbers, ornithologists, historians and code breakers. In collaboration with Why Not Associates, Gordon Young created Comedy Carpet as part of the major regeneration of the promenade at Blackpool. 300 slabs of granite cover around 2200m² making it one of the largest and most complex pieces of public art ever commissioned in the UK. Read more...

img

DIFFERENT KINDS OF READING

The Belgian artist Denmark — Marc Robbroeckx — (1951, Belgium) uses the printed products of the information age, including daily papers, leisure, job, beauty and lifestyle magazines, and the mountains of books we produce, as materials for his art. He has rendered this over-whelming flood of information and sensory stimulation into unintelligible matter since 1972. His works symbolize the consequences of our waste-producing culture by suggesting a way to deal with the ceaseless flood of information. In making print products into art he combines traditional forms of conservation, such as storage in preserve jars, bottles and sealed plastic bags, compacting and freezing, with forms of disposal including pulverization, cutting and burning. Read more...

img

A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ

Rosalie Gascoigne (1917-1999) — a highly regarded New Zealand-born Australian sculptor and assemblage artist — is best known for her distinctive and poetic assemblages of mostly found materials: wood, iron, wire, feathers, and yellow and orange retro-reflective road signs. Gascoigne brought these items from everyday life into new frames of reference, often finding beauty in overlooked things that had been discarded and left to weather.
In 1974, at the age of 57, she had her first exhibition. Her highly successful first solo exhibition was followed by an exceptionally rapid rise to recognition as one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Martin Gascoigne has written a book cataloguing his mother's complete body of artwork; Rosalie Gascoigne: A catalogue raisonné. Read more...

GET IN TOUCH

Your message has been sent. Thank you!