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Sint Maarten – Photo Tip

A place is not an image, it's a story

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Sint Maarten – Photo Tip A place is not an image, it's a story

Sint Maarten's airport beach is a place where you could spend several days, because so much is happening. It is basically part of the landing strip that they forgot to put tar on.

Jochem Wijnands
Jochem Wijnands Founder / photographer

Jumbo jets roar in from the sea, flying over the beach at extremely low altitudes. It is weird, sensational and a marked contrast to the image of a deserted exotic beach.

To just come and go would be a bad decision for a photographer. The beach is not just one image, it is a story. It starts early in the morning with the first planes coming in over joggers and hotel staff going to work. As soon as the famous Sunset beach bar opens at 8 a.m., holidaymakers settle in for the day with their first beers or cocktails. In the afternoon, the jumbo jets depart and before take off they open their engines full blast.

Watch the beachgoers and unaware passers-by be blown away. Watch guys show off by walking in the blizzard of sand or hanging on the fences. Everything gets sand-blasted – and that can mean your camera, too. It is a pity that photos can't capture the smell of kerosene to complete the picture.

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Saint Martin has a land area of 87 km², 53 km² of which is under the sovereignty of France, and 34 km² under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.This is the only land border shared by France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands anywhere on Earth, the country Sint Maarten being the sharing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Saint Martin has a land area of 87 km², 53 km² of which is under the sovereignty of France, and 34 km² under the sovereignty of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.This is the only land border shared by France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands anywhere on Earth, the country Sint Maarten being the sharing part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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