Martijn Walet Photography

Offshore Photography

it's all in the stories

Photographing locations at sea is special. Very different from regular photography or urban photography. In the Netherlands there are only a few certified offshore photographers. Not every corporate photographer is allowed to go offshore to take photos there. There are strict rules for that. To become an offshore photographer you are required to obtain specific certificates. I am proud to be one of the few offshore photographers in the Netherlands.

There are many certificates one can obtain, but the ones most relevant to offshore photography on oil rigs are the BOSIET and FOET-certificates, both with CA-EBS, which stands for Use of Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System.

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An oil platform, oil rig, offshore platform, or oil and/or gas production platform is a large structure with facilities to extract, and process petroleum and natural gas that lie in rock formations beneath the seabed. 

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In photography, vision is the power of observation; it’s how you notice things that are worth capturing, how you document things that are worth remembering, how you see stories that are worth telling. Capturing the legacy.

Photography at sea


One of the most profound aspects of offshore photography is the sense of friendship, isolation and tranquility that comes with being far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Capturing the offshore business.

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Capturing the stories of the past at sea

Capturing the stories of the past, that’s what I like to do most. In general, I'll travel to abandoned industrial locations, to “taste and feel ” the history and stories left behind. Throughout history, architecture and industry have served as representations of society, reflecting the values, aspirations, and technological advancements of their time. 

Every offshore assignment is a canvas for artistic expression. The vastness of the ocean, the interplay of light and water, and the dramatic weather patterns offer endless possibilities for creativity. Whether you aim for minimalistic compositions, dynamic action shots, or ethereal landscapes, your offshore photography reflects your unique vision and artistic style


There is no shortage of water around the Globe. That is why we have a lot of activities in and on the water: from drilling platforms to land reclamation and from the shipbuilding industry to luxury yachts. All of these activities regularly demand high-quality photos. To be allowed to take a photo on the water, one must possess the right certification. 


Walking through the ashes of time, flaring up the dust of that what once was. Being aware of the energetic life that once embraced this place. A passion for abandoned places.

I am an experienced professional photographer who, in addition to offshore photography, specializes in Urban Art. Taking artful pictures of old, abandoned buildings all over the world, forgotten places. Capturing the history and transience in such a way that the image deserves a meticulous place on the wall. A beautiful bridge to the beautiful industry at sea. A logical step to become an offshore certified photographer.

If you are looking for an experienced corporate photographer, an offshore photographer who tells stories with his photography, then you’ve come to the right place.

On this page you can see photos of the Petrogas drilling platform Hoorn & Helder. The assignment was very clear: visualize the past in the way only you can. Show the history of 45 years of hard work on the North Sea.


The Hoorn platform, operated by Petrogas EP, has been a vital part of North Sea oil production since 1976. On behalf of Petrogas E&P Netherlands B.V, I had the privilege of capturing the essence of the Hoorn (sister of the Helder platform) platform

Platform Hoorn


The Helder platform, operated by Petrogas EP, has been a vital part of North Sea oil production since 1976. As the oldest oil-producing offshore platform in the region, following the Helm platform, it plays a significant role in the industry

Platform Helder

Platform A12

The Petrogas A12-FA is an active conventional gas field situated in shallow waters off the coast of the Netherlands. Petrogas E&P Netherlands B.V. is a prominent player in the realm of crude oil and natural gas processing and transportation.

Platform A12