A new portrait for the hospital, for the series Ander licht. Again I went in the streets of Enschede in order to show the role the hospital plays for its inhabitants. Frans wears his normal jacket above his workwear, so that it shows the real person: a kind man who loves his job where he can help patients.
I actually chose red as a topic for my pictures in February because of the grey month, the cold and the absence of light. Now it turns out that the sun started early this year. Last week I spent some days in the Harz. There was actually snow left for the right winter feels. So the 365-series continued.
In the middle of February I still embrace the colour red. I am happy to find so many different things in this beautiful color – all over the city, the house, the wardrobe, even the fridge. A visual game in my ongoing 365-series. Take a look, if you like.
Concerning the 365-project: January is filed already, at least my images are. For February I came up with a topic: I am going to take a picture a day containing the colour red. Why is that, one might wonder. Because in the grey, cold month I want to remind me of passion, lust and – why not call it – love. Having a focus is fun. I should try it more often. I did a red month once earlier, when I made my 1000-series and I liked the outcome very much.
On the last day of January I went to Groningen to visit a symposium on The Negotiation of Values in Narrative, which was inspiring to me. I am looking forward how this will effect my future pictures. Because I also am interested in story telling and meta-perspectives. So let’s see, what will rise from that.
Here you see the first picture of February:
Today the 9th portrait of the Ander licht-series was hung. Only three more to go. Then one year will be round. In the meantime the hospital wall already looks like a museum wall, so my mission is obviously accomplished. When one walks along the aisle it is noteable that more and more people look to the displayed faces.
For the January portrait I took a picture of a young doctor on her day off. She had biked to the hospital and when I heard about that I asked her to bike a bit further with me. I try to use a different street every time I shoot an employee, so the streets close to the hospital have been pictured by now. The doctor agreed to that and so we crossed the train tracks and did a very adventurous thing: in order to catch the strong november light we positioned ourselves in the middle of the bus lane. Exciting! All went well: have a look yourself.
It took me a few days to get used to it but now I am in my new rhythm of taking a picture a day. I know it is nothing sensational just every day life. No big things happen, but I try to add some extra to it. I choose the detail and combine it with some words – and every now and then you get some theatre. 🙂
Do you see it?
There it is: the new year. I am full of plans, like always. One of them is to make another 365-series, for a whole year. I know it will be tough: taking the camera with me, meeting my expectations in quality and finding a poetic title for the whole. But the reward will be big: producing a series is like a diary and can be interpreted in a lot of ways, it reveals more about insights of yourself and how you develop. And it freezes all the memories. The good and the ugly ones. In the end you will receive something like the picture here I took on new year’s day: it’s chaotic and confusing, but it is beautiful and retains this one special moment in time. Wish me luck!
One more hour of the old year, at the horizon I already see a glimpse of the new promises. What shall it bring? I am curious and full of plans. I hope to share more of them later. Now it is time to say cheers!
The eighth portrait of the year is on display now. Go visit the Stiltecentrum at the MST hospital at Enschede to see the whole series.
The advantage of a visitor who likes your pictures and even consideres buying some, is that you have a closer look again. You pull out the dusty ones you store under the bed and the ones behind the cupboard. You go way back in your Flickr-stream and find old treasures again. So I do share this summery picture with the simple title: TWO.