Plijnaar Photography

Who am I

Work, travel, running and photography

From an early age I (Rob Plijnaar, 14/2/1951, Utrecht, Netherlands) was fascinated by my father's camera - an Agfa with fold-out bellows. It produced beautiful 6.5 x 6.5 cm photos in black and white. Historical documents that I still cherish today.

Photography as mnemonic

I use my photos to remember things. So much happens around you that it is difficult to hold on to all those impressions. If you capture a subject well you can relive it at a later date. You can savour the atmosphere of that moment. It takes you back in time.


In addition to my passion for photography, I am an ardent marathon runner. After running hundreds of marathons and half marathons, I started on the ultra-marathons which have distances of 250 km and longer. They are organised all over the world and usually in the most breathtaking of places. Ultra-running is a discipline apart: occasionally you need to stop to eat and drink and, of course, to take photographs.


I often use my camera for my work at the Mitland Hotel. I have lived and worked in this beautiful part of Utrecht, the Netherlands, my whole life. This is where my love of nature was born.

Photos as a means of communication

It was not my initial intention to use the internet as a way of publishing my photos. However, my family and friends often inquired about our travels and sports activities and what could be easier than viewing them on a website?

I hope you enjoy this trip around the world!

Rob Plijnaar



  • Minolta Dynax7D
  • Nikon D300
  • Sony Nex-5 (during marathons and expeditions)
  • AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 G ED-if
  • AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED

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