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This week in the Photo of the Week:

"Rembrandt"



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Photo: Maarten Zeehandelaar

Er zijn veel verhalen in de wereld. Vele die al verteld zijn en vele die nog verteld moeten worden. Verhalen over dappere figuren of vampiers, over spectaculaire uitvindingen van wetenschappers, over reuzen met voeten van drie meter, over doorgedraaide maar geniale kunstenaars en ga zo maar door. Deze verhalen dwalen als verloren geesten over de aardbol. Hopend dat ze nog herinnerend en verteld worden. Maar welke verhalen gaan er eigenlijk schuil achter hen die geen fantastisch schilderij hebben gemaakt, die niet in de politiek zitten of filmster zijn, die niet afgebeeld staan op een icoon, maar toch duizend reuzen hebben verslagen? Kijk, reuzen bestaan niet, dat weten we allemaal. Wat wel bestaat zijn metaforische reuzen; zodra je dat obstakel verslaat, voel je alsof je tegen een reus hebt gevochten. Nu weet ik toevallig dat deze jongeman hier boven op de foto heel wat metaforische reuzen met zijn blote handen heeft verslagen. Het verhaal van hem zweeft ook als een stille geest over de wereld, misschien nu wel in gesprek met dat van Rembrandt. Grappig he.

Text by: Elske Helmich [Website Elske - in Dutch]

A great many stories roam this world. A lot have already been told. An equal lot has yet to be told. Tales of heroes or vampires, of spectacular inventions by scientists, of giants with twelve feet feet, of stark mad but ingenious artists, and so on, and so on. These stories wander the planet like lost spirits - hoping they will be remembered, hoping they will be told.
But what of the stories of those people who haven't created a magnificent painting, who are not in politics, who aren't movie-stars, who are not represented on famous icons – but who have, nonetheless, defeated a thousand giants?

Look, we all know actual giants don't exist. But we also know that metaphorical giants can be very, very real. When you defeat an obstacle like that in your life, you do feel as if you had slain a giant.

Now, it so happens that I know for a fact, that this young man you see in the photograph above has overpowered quite a few metaphorical giants with his bare hands. His story also drifts from here to there, among so many other silent spirits. And it might, as we speak, have struck up a conversation with the story of Rembrandt. Funny thing, isn't it?!

Translation to English: Peter-Jan Vermeij



To photographers (and painters alike) a typical usage of light is called 'Rembrandt light'. The self-portrait photograph above explores and tries to understand what exactly Rembrandt is doing with light.
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Check for yourself the differences and resemblances in terms of light, shadow, framing, color etceatera. See also Photo of the Week 142... recognize the eyes? Not a 'mere' reproduction after all...
© 2013 Maarten Zeehandelaar

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