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How a musician and artist finds his way in mineralogy...

Registered member joined prior to 15th Oct 2005 (unrecorded)
Member of the Management Group

Harjo Neutkens has uploaded:
1390 Mineral Photos
80 Locality Photos
25 Other Photos

Harjo has written 1 blog entry
Harjo has published 3 articles on mindat.org
Name: Harjo Neutkens (1967)
Married to Rachel.
We've got one daughter, the most beautifull girl in the world, Sarah.
I studied arts (painting) and music (early plucked instruments).
Nowadays I'm working as a musician in several (mainly baroque) orchestras doing lots of concerts and recordings (lots of Bach, Haendel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Monteverdi etc..), and continue the series of paintings on quantum-mechanics and astrophysics on which I've been working for the past 25 years.

A few snapshots from expositions of my works:

Some snapshots of my concerts:

In the mineralogical field my main interest lies in the minerals from Belgium, those from the Hohe Tauern mountains of Austria and in the minerals from the Bergisches Land area in Germany.

I'm also a very enthousiastic mineral photographer, allways trying to compose a nice picture.
A few micro photos:

I only collect my own finds, I don't swap or buy...so every crystal has it's own history attached to it.
Collecting in the field with friends is a good way to "chill out" for me, after concerts or recording where the mind has to do overtime it's great to do some hard physical labour in a quarry or up in the mountains and have a beer with friends afterwards!

And of course being out in the field gives one the opportunity to see amazing landscapes.

For a couple of years I was a management member of Strahlen.org
Since 2009 I have the honour to be a member of the Mindat management.
Whenever I can find the time for it I work on the Best Minerals project and apart from that I check on the uploaded photos (I leave the really difficult ones to the real mineralogists in the management....;-) and new locality entries from the areas that I know best. I check all the changes in Belgian localities, those from the Hohe Tauern (Austria) and from the Bergisches Land (Germany) and whenever I'm in doubt about something concerning these areas I'm happy to know some people that know much more then I do........
I also made several Mindat Best Minerals articles, you can find the links to these articles here:
Mindat article Anatase; http://www.mindat.org/mesg-66-159303.html
Mindat article Beryl: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-67-163070.html
Mindat article Beryl var. Emerald: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-67-163098.html
Mindat article Beryl var. Goshenite: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-67-221776.html
Mindat article Beryl var. Heliodor: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-67-221774.html
Mindat article Beryl var. Morganite: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-67-221770.html
Mindat article Bery var. Aquamarine: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-67-221687.html
Mindat article Baryte, Belgium: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-94-153137.html
Mindat article Calcite, Belgium: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-93-130502.html
Mindat article Epidote: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-71-183026.html
Mindat article Ferristrunzite: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-72-134378.html
Mindat article Fluorite, Belgium: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-96-133590.html
Mindat article Millerite: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-79-130896.html
Mindat article Quartz, Belgium: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-95-159305.html
Mindat article Quartz, Austria: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-95-204053.html
Mindat article Schalenblende: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-85-134773.html
Mindat article Turquoise: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-86-145805.html
Mindat article Topaz: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-86-203038.html
Mindat article Vantasselite: http://www.mindat.org/mesg-88-134382.html
Mindat article Xenotime-(Y): http://www.mindat.org/mesg-90-203841.html
Thoughts on conservationism and collecting: http://www.mindat.org/blog.php/834/Conservationism+and+collecting%2C+some+thoughts….
Basic mineral micro photography tutorial: http://www.mindat.org/article.php/340/Basic+mineral+microphotography
Collecting in Habach Valley, Austria: http://www.mindat.org/article.php/564/Habach+valley+collecting

I've also written articles for magazines like The Mineralogical Record, Lapis and Mineralienwelt

If you would like to see more of my artwork, know more about my concerts or would like to see my mineral micro photos and photographs of my mineral collection, please visit my website: http://harjoneutkens.wordpress.com/




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