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This week in the Photo of the Week:

"Growing towards the light"

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Photo: Maarten Zeehandelaar

A photographer that has been growing towards the light on both a professional and personal plain – exploring Rembrandt's use of light in relation to photography on the one hand, and defeating his metaphorical giants on the other (see the last two PotW editions) – unwittingly he uses the definition of phototropism to describe a self-portrait that literally shows the movement of a human being from the darkness behind the eyes to the light of an open-eyed smile.

How utterly apt and beautiful and full is that?

Phototropism is the biological term used to denote the habit of plants to grow towards the light. Sitting on a Spanish hillside overlooking a field of sunflowers, for an hour or so, at dawn..., that will give you a live and kicking example. But also: the elderberry in our garden slowly but surely taking on an unusual shape to escape the shadow cast by the rather huge weeping willow next to it.

Ever since I first heard of it, I have loved that word, photo-tropism, as well as the process it represents. I have always believed it also applies to people. What else are we doing, at any given point in our lives, if not growing towards some light?

To me this Photo of the Week is that belief caught on film – well, in a great many pixels anyway.

Text by: Peter-Jan Vermeij
Website Peter-Jan (in Dutch)

Until the next Photo of the Week!

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