Ellen Kok is a photographer and writer from the Netherlands, who combines photo essays with written stories. She builds long-lasting relationships with her subjects, often following them for years. Her photography is based on trust and intimacy....
Focus:Photographer, Journalist, Editor, Publisher, Writer, Environment, Culture, Freelance, Life, Storyteller, Climate, Long Form Reporter, International Stories, Community, Landscape, Nature
Midterm Elections, Ernie Vose, Polling Station Chairman, leads members of the Counting Committee in taking the oath before counting votes. In daily life Vose is a poultry farmer who sells the eggs of 15.000 hens. Walpole, New Hampshire, USA. November 2010.
Drewsville Cemetery. Most of the grave markers are from the early to mid nineteenth century. Thomas Collins Drew (1762-1843), an American Revolutionary War Veteran, and later colonel of the Twentieth Regiment of the New Hampshire militia, bought the land that would become the village of Drewsville in 1810. The power of the Cold River and Blanchard Brook allowed the hamlet to become a center of cotton and wool manufacturing through the mid 1800’s. Colonel Drew is buried in the cemetery. His grave marker is the second one to the left of the large honey locust tree on the right. Drewsville, New Hampshire, USA. May 2021.
Balloons, filled with helium, congratulating graduates, are floating against the ceiling of a Dollar Tree Store. They are for sale during the American graduation season. Laconia, New Hampshire, USA. June 2023.
Racing tracks on the Old Cheshire Turnpike. Teenagers like to joy ride their cars here with bravado after sunset. This time the driver managed to avoid the edge of a wood and escape disaster. American youth can drive a car in the State of New Hampshire at the age of sixteen. I know at least four boys who crashed their cars soon after earning their license. One walked away unscathed, one was wounded and totaled his car, one was severely wounded but lived to tell the tale, and one had to bury his friend who was a passenger in his car. Drewsville, New Hampshire, USA. May 2021.
A Native American mother braids the hair of one of her daughters who will dance during the two-day Ko’asek Abenaki Powwow. A powwow is a gathering where Indigenous people socialize, dance, sing, and honor their culture. The family camps on the Powwow grounds. During the braiding session, mother and daughters watch cartoons on tablets. Alstead, New Hampshire, USA. June 2023.
In 2010 I came to live in the hamlet of Drewsville, New Hampshire, USA, to finish my photo book The Other Farm, and stayed. This is my ongoing exploration of my personal connection to this specific place, the small town communities in the southern rural part of the state, and in neighboring Vermont, on both sides of the Connecticut River.