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"Form | Mirror"

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Photo: Maarten Zeehandelaar

This is what he had come to then.

He was a commercial copywriter employed in advertising, a successful copywriter. He was a father of three, married for eighteen years - loved by family and friends, of which he had quite a few. Nice facebook page too, regular posts, handsome pictures, good like-taste in all categories.

However, his job had nothing to do with basic human necessities – he was no doctor, or garbage man, or farmer. Really, you couldn't be further from what life is about, then while coming up with words that might sell other peoples' stuff. In fact his work and personal life appeared to form an endless motion between what other people wanted and his need for validation, which he deeply, and secretly, despised.

He felt he had pretty much lost the ability to think, let alone fend, for himself. In his mind, he would place the human race in a more beastly state then it generally considers itself to be in, and weigh his options (his, he, bespectacled, allergic, fearful, indecisive) in the inevitable hierarchy of survival. Not once had he not come to the conclusion that, if he were an animal in the animal kingdom, he would already be dead – like a beautifully shaped, dry leaf.

This is what he had come to then: a slowly and painlessly disintegrating, lifeless form.

Text: Peter-Jan Vermeij

Mirror

second of a series of moving photographs with texts by Peter-Jan Vermeij


Photo sequence: Maarten Zeehandelaar

I remember a conversation I once had with a psychiatrist (not as a patient mind you). He said something like "they who know, or think they know, that they're perverted, will have a hard time looking past the perversion, and an even harder time realizing that the perversion is not all there is to them". Perversions come in all shapes and sizes.

Take this city for instance. Police brutality, corruption, poverty, social exclusion, gang wars, and what not; drugs, sex and violence roam its streets to be sure, night after night, as in so many other cities. That's one image of its character, at least. But there's also this one, we see here in this motion-photograph.

Despite it's lovely soundtrack it makes me hear something else. Nico's voice whispers Lou Reeds lyrics to 'I'll be your mirror' in my inner ear:

When you think the night has seen your mind
That inside you're twisted and unkind
Let me stand to show that you are blind
Please put down your hands
'Cause I see you


(Velvet Underground, 1966)

Text: Peter-Jan Vermeij

Until the next Photo of the Week!

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About the participants of the Photo of the Week


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Photo
of the Week

-project-

..started by Maarten displaying his weekly photographic endeavors. It has grown since then into a platform for authors and photographers to colaborate in a search of what text and image are to each other.

website P.o.t.W.

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Maarten
Zeehandelaar

-photographer-

..graduated as a philosopher at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Due to various life altering choices he now lives in Rio de Janeiro working as a freelance photographer.

website Maarten

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Peter-Jan
Vermeij

-author/translator-

..is a writing editor and a translating writer - with his contributions to Photo of the Week he is mainly trying to get a handle on what could be a writer's equivalent of the photographer's use of light.

website Peter-Jan

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Elske
Helmich

-author-

..graduated from the Performing Arts School in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and is now running workshops that use drama-based learning for teambuilding.

website Elske


Texts and photography –unless stated otherwise–
all rights reserved © 2010-2013 Maarten Zeehandelaar

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