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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:
1403 Mineral Photos
80 Locality Photos
26 Other Photos

Harjo has written 1 blog entry
Harjo has published 3 articles on
Name: Harjo Neutkens (1967)
Married to Rachel.
We've got one daughter, the most beautifull and talented 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 and a photo of me in my studio with recent 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 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
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;
Mindat article Beryl:
Mindat article Beryl var. Emerald:
Mindat article Beryl var. Goshenite:
Mindat article Beryl var. Heliodor:
Mindat article Beryl var. Morganite:
Mindat article Bery var. Aquamarine:
Mindat article Baryte, Belgium:
Mindat article Calcite, Belgium:
Mindat article Epidote:
Mindat article Ferristrunzite:
Mindat article Fluorite, Belgium:
Mindat article Millerite:
Mindat article Quartz, Belgium:
Mindat article Quartz, Austria:
Mindat article Schalenblende:
Mindat article Turquoise:
Mindat article Topaz:
Mindat article Vantasselite:
Mindat article Xenotime-(Y):
Thoughts on conservationism and collecting:….
Basic mineral micro photography tutorial:
Collecting in Habach Valley, Austria:

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:




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