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Photo of the Week 270
"Paint me a picture"

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Photo: Maarten Zeehandelaar

Again with the buildings...
Why do I have such a hard time coming up with anything, something, when I receive pictures such as this one? I think of PotW 268, the statue of the witch with the colourful feet.
Look beyond what you know mister writer …

I smile and look again, but there is nothing here that I (cannot) see that inspires my imagination. The image content seems to clear-cut. Water is water, sky is sky, buildings are buildings, trees are trees, cars are cars. Very little space between signifier and signified, on a general level of things that can be seen in the picture. It requires me to force myself to come up with something. That is a requirement I want to resist. For this project I want the photographs to speak to me on their own – I want them to fill my head, not fill them with my head (houses built on slave trade, water will wash them away one day, history teaches us nothing, having a boat ride on that water is really, really nice, et cetera).

So what do I do? I ask my daughter, see what she has to say.

She has the same reaction and fills in her answer with a projection of what she knows, inadvertently but seriously undermining my hypotheses from Potw 268. For lack of anything else coming up she says “well, maybe they are the houses of princesses” and starts to pinpoint where lives Rapunzel, Ariel, Tiana, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White and Cinderella.

After that we agree that the sky might as well have been painted instead of photographed.
We both like that feature of this image.

Text by: Peter-Jan Vermeij

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