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ISSUE

116

This week in the Photo of the Week:

"Veil"



Photo of the Week is a weekly update on photography- and video-work, but I like to think of it also as a platform in which other people may join to show their work or comment on work exhibited.

I asked editor and writer Peter-Jan Vermeij to ponder upon the photographs being presented and, if so inclined, to accompany them with a thought or two.

He willfully accepted and therefore I am proud to announce that from now on he is the official author of the Photo of the Week.

See below for his contribution in this 116th edition of Photo of the Week. For more go to the Photo of the Week-page on the BluePrint Studio website.
Maarten Zeehandelaar


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What a photograph feels like

The beach is over fivehundred meters wide at low tide. Its sand is dark from the water that has temporarily retreated, the water that has fallen from the sky and the shadows cast by the enormous clouds racing overhead. It has been a while since it rained though. The wind that moves the clouds also moves fine white sand from dunes that seperate the beach from the lower inlands. Like those clouds, the white sand moves at great speed, in large patches, only a few centimeters over the dark sand. It is this veil of white sand that covers the wet beaches of the Frisian Islands I think of when I see this weeks photo, 'Veil'.

Now what are veils for, if not to reveal less?

Nonetheless, while looking at this photo I cannot help but see more. I am not fooled by the lack of background. Surprised yes, but not fooled. My mind immediately fills that greenish emptiness. It goes against logic (this photograph was most likely taken in Brasil), against contradicting signs (why do the eyes not squint against that wind?), and simply refuses to ponder upon any kind of intention coming from the photographer who combined this image with this title. My mind is hellbent on the strong winds from the north.

I wonder why this first impression is so strong.

Well, actually, I don't. This one is easy. It's the hair. There is undeniable movement, there is manifest direction. I know what that is. I have felt it and have, ever since, loved the feel of it, again, and again. I can feel it now, looking at this photograph. It is the way of the wind.



Peter-Jan Vermeij
Website Peter-Jan (in Dutch)


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