Jan-Dirk van der Burg (NL) | photographer

Screenshot 2012-07-16 at 4.08.20 PMDesire Lines

Most simply put, a desire line is a shortcut. It is an unofficial rogue trail carved into the ground by the passage of numerous pedestrians dissatisfied with the official routes on offer.

The shortest distance between two points; a spontaneous mapping of our use of public space; evidence of an ongoing crime, committed by the masses. A pure expression of democratic will, the people manifestly having voted with their feet: a desire line is all of these.

It's a constant war between the stubborn nature of men and the ambitious landscape-architects who refuse to provide the shortest way from A to B with a concrete or stone surface.

Jan-Dirk van der Burg

When Jan-Dirk van der Burg bought a Fujica SLR for his nineteenth birthday, he dreamed of making photographs of female nudes in backlight and reports from war zones in grainy black and white.

Thirteen years later, his portfolio looks nothing like his early dreams. He photographed public municipal meetings, office culture and the dogpoop policy in The Netherlands. Dry comic moments on a typical Dutch foundation. Mundane affairs from the lowlands.

His most famous work depicts the demise of Sex Cinema Venus, the oldest sexcinema of Amsterdams red light district that runs purely retro porn from the seventies. He recently made a book about the phenomenon of desire lines, a passionate plea for pedestrians taking the shortest way from A to B. A monument to the most innocent form of civil disobedience.