Goodbye 2021, best of

365

Like in a few years before I tried to take a picture a day in 2021 again. And yes, I managed to do so! This always feels as an accomplishment, because of course I had to remind myself 365 times during that year to go on a hunt for a hopefully interesting picture. And like in all those years before on some days that is very easy, for example when there is sun, a lot of time and special things planned. But the real challenge is every day life. Of course we were still in the pandemic and therefore not so much happened at all. Except for spending many many days at home.

The set of all the 365 made pictures you can visit on my flickr-stream. Here on this website I will post only my BEST OF consisting out of 25 photos, which will take you through all seasons, show you a lot of trees, water, sky, my love for the color red and for nights of course, please enjoy!

The Curfew Night Walks

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Curfew Night Walks

In the beginning of 2021 there was an official curfew announced in The Netherlands. By 9 p.m. everybody had to be inside in order to prevent the spreading of the Coronoa-virus. I experienced this time as a quite claustrophobic one, for me it is hard to have my freedom in movement cropped like this. During that period I took long walks before 9 p.m. And of course I took pictures, like I always do. Eight of the strongest images I used for making a card series. They all show varieties of darkness. Now I sell these 8 cards as double greeting cards with nightblue envelopes in a set. I sell them in Enschede (Concordia) and Hengelo (Oyfo), but if you are interested, just drop me a note.

A picture a day in pandemic times

Thoughts

Today is the one hundred fourty first day of 2020. Since March we all are spending most of the time at home. We work from home, we teach the kids on the kitchen table, (video)call our friends. We cook, we clean, we are busy. Our trip to Melbourne in May was cancelled, like everything else as well. Birthday partys, concerts, weekends. Life feels quite small and often dull. But time keeps slowly crawling. Like a snail in no hurry, without stopping ever, instead continiously crawling forward.

My project of the 366 days in pictures goes on, I add one picture each day. In this current year – I have done a-picture-a-day-series before, I give them German titles, using a phrase of a call to action. Sometimes it is funny, sometimes just a good advise. Sometimes a real invite to do better. It differs. Depending on the images I see that very day or how I feel. Because I can tell: a pandemic is something you feel from the inside.

All the pictures I took in 2020 you can find here. Scrolling through them is kind of satisfying: all the days that lie behind you neatly organized. Memories fixed. And scary days overcome. For the visual pleasure you see how the colors change in the pictures from grey days to freshly light green days to juicy dark green days in my favourite month of all – May.

Of course the subjects of my pictures are very limited, actually I only have two: things at home and walks around the area. And yes, often it feels like living in a big fish bowl, circulating around your own thoughts and walks. But: I am happy to have the walks and try to reach 10 000 steps a day. Keep on going.

366/78 – Steck dir Ziele oder lass sie los – wer weiß das schon

366/126 – Fang das Morgenlicht
366/99 – Mach Menschen Mut
366/132 – Notiere dir deine Gedanken

white light

Thoughts

 

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In March I went to a monastery to contemplate about literature. And all of a sudden it became spring all around. Time for developing new ideas, having new thoughts and live the new life. The other day I learned that the word to develop/ontwerpen/entwerfen does mean the opposite of to bow to/onderwerpen/unterwerfen. Thus creating means freedom. I love that insight.

Good things about 2017

Announcement

939cold-linesIt’s only February and I am already looking forward to two very nice chances. In June and September I will show some pictures at the bookstore again and at Café Bolwerk, the cosiest café of Enschede. I am going to start with a series of pictures with poetic titles out of my 1000 a-picture-a-day-project. I can’t wait to decide which ones. In September I will show Een Europese geschiedenis again, the seven portraits of men, each of them born in a different decennium of last century. I am very excited about it all.

10 out of 1 000 (taking a picture a day)

1000 pictures a day