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July 23, 2005

Photography and art


A photo project with my friends here in the Gooi region of the Netherlands is taking its first, careful steps. The idea, to photograph my small home town of Eemnes (which recently celebrated its 650th anniversary and has a rich history with a royal palace and local castle nearby) in new ways. To shed a new light on the looks of this small place with less than 9,000 inhabitants and to show places few people know of.

In doing so, I am discovering Eemnes all over myself. I notice starting to look at everything through different eyes. Lately me and my friends Xander and Flex have been looking for places we hadn’t been to before, even in this small town. The truth is, it has vast natural areas of flat land that are hardly visited. Also woods and a river area on the outskirts bring an unexpected new beauty to my idea of Eemnes.

Today we visited our local history museum to look at a collection of photos from their archives. They were hundreds of photos by a pensioned colonial officer named Vermandel, who settled in Eemnes in 1951. The differences are remarkable, the town was strikingly small and open in those days. It brings a new depth and new ways of thinking about how we see and would like to represent the town today, anno 2005.

The two photos depicted were both taken by me during the Christmas holiday of 2004. The top one shows the Eemnes lock with its lock house. The lock is centuries old and was renovated in 1994. The bottom one shows one of the roads leading into a flat landscape stretching for about 3 kms onto the River Eem. This land is entirely manmade.


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